Activists of the global non-governmental environmental organization "Greenpeace" explained his actions by a desire to prove that the building of nuclear power plants very vulnerable to external threats.
According to the New York Post, Greenpeace claimed one of its activists had flown the unmanned aerial vehicle into the plant's restricted airspace, before slamming it into the wall of a building containing the site's spent nuclear fuel.
While the drone was harmless, the group said its action showed how easy it was to fly it into the plant in France, a country which is heavily dependent on nuclear power.
The drone was decked out to resemble a tiny Superman, according to a video released today by Greenpeace. Greenpeace After crossing the Rhone river, Superman piloted its way between reactors to finally crash on the wall of the spent fuel storage pool building, near the reactor n°2.
" This activity once more highlights the severe susceptability of this kind of structures, which include the highest possible quantity of radioactivity in nuclear plants", Greenpeace stated, inning accordance with Reuters.
EDF said the spent-fuel pool buildings are robust and created to withstand natural disasters and accidents.
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France generates 75 per cent of its electricity from nuclear power in 19 nuclear plants operated by state-controlled EDF.
In 2014 and 2015, drones flew over several French nuclear sites, including the Bugey power station, located about 25 km from Lyon, but actions were not explained at the time.
Greenpeace France spokesman Cyril Cornier told Le Parisien, in French, that the action itself did not pose any danger to the plant, its workers, or the public, but insisted that by crashing the flying device into the plant's "most fragile point", they had proven beyond any doubt that the security of the facility "is absolutely not assured".
'The presence of these drones had no impact on the security of the installations, ' EDF said, adding that it will file a police complaint.
After Greenpeace activists broke into another nuclear plant last November, the French government opened a parliamentary inquiry into nuclear safety and security. AFP reports that in February, "eight activists were sentenced to jail terms or fines" for participating in the firework action.