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Greenpeace Activists Crash Drone Into French Nuclear Plant

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter

Greenpeace activists flew a drone into a nuclear energy plant in France in a public stunt to show how vulnerable the plants are to terrorist attacks, Agence France Presse reports.

The drone flew through restricted airspace before hitting a nuclear waste storage pool next to a reactor, according to a video the environmental group released Tuesday. The waste storage facility is one of the most radioactive areas of the plant, AFP reports.

“This is a highly symbolic action: it shows that spent fuel pools are very accessible, this time from the air, and therefore extremely vulnerable to attack,” Greenpeace France anti-nuclear campaign head Yannick Rousselet said in a statement, according to AFP.

France receives 75 percent of its energy from 19 nuclear power plants around the country. The nuclear plants are all managed by the utility EDF. The utility has said it will file a police complaint about the incident, Reuters reports.

“The presence of these drones had no impact on the security of the installations,” EDF said, according to Reuters.

Greenpeace activists have developed a history of outlandish acts to oppose fossil fuel and nuclear energy projects in many parts of the world. In 2012, activists took over a Russian oil rig in the Arctic “to declare … an end to the madness that is putting the profits of an elite few above the interests and safety of the rest of us.” (RELATED: Greenpeace Activists Storm Oil Rig)

In April of 2016, Greenpeace activists climbed atop more than 15 statues in London and strapped gas masks to them to protest the city’s poor air quality. (RELATED: Greenpeace Activists Scale Winston Churchill Statue In Clean-Air Protest)

“Monitoring shows that if these statutes were real people, many of them would often be breathing dangerous, illegal air,” Greenpeace said in a statement at the time.

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