Greenpeace activists flew a Superman-shaped drone into the no-fly zone around a French nuclear plant on Tuesday before crashing it against the building to highlight the facility's lack of security.
The group said the stunt was to highlight the lack of security around the facility, adding that "at no time was the drone intercepted or even anxious about".
"Spent-fuel pools must be turned into bunkers in order to make nuclear plants safer", said Yannick Rousselet, Greenpeace France's chief nuclear campaigner. They targeted the facility's spent-fuel pool building, which can hold the equivalent of several reactor cores in concrete pools outside the highly reinforced reactor building.
In this photo released by Greenpeace, a drone resembling the character Superman crashes into a wall of the nuclear power plant of Le Bugey, central, France, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
EDF said the spent-fuel pool buildings are robust and created to withstand natural disasters and accidents.
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"Our act once again demonstrates the extreme vulnerability of buildings of this type, which contains the main volume of radioactive substances", - stated in the page of "Greenpeace" on the social network Twitter, which also provides video coverage of the action.
According to company management, we are talking about two drones, one of which was intercepted by the gendarmerie.
EDF, the state-controlled company that operates the nuclear sites, said that it plans to file a police complaint over the stunt, according to Reuters.
This action comes after the intrusions of Greenpeace activists in the Cattenom (Moselle) power stations in October and Cruas (Ardèche) in November, which had the same objective of reporting flaws in the safety of the fuel pools. A parliamentary committee is due to present its report on Thursday.
Greenpeace is notorious for attention-grabbing stunts, which have included climbing the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and scaling Big Ben.