"A Greenpeace drone placed a distress smoke signal on the roof of the [spent fuel] pool of Orano nuclear facility in [the city of] La Hague (France) to highlight the vulnerability & saturation of this building. It contains the equivalent of 100 irradiated nuclear cores," Greenpeace said via its official Twitter feed.
The environmental activists also posted photos and drone footage demonstrating bright red smoke spreading from an object placed on the roof of the building, which stores the largest amount of radioactive materials in the world, according to Greenpeace.
"What is more shocking is that this roof, made of simple sheet metal, is far too fragile to prevent a malicious act coming from the air," Greenpeace said in a separate statement, published on its official website.
(France Bleu): La #Hague: deux drones de #Greenpeace survolent l'usine de retraitement nucléaire d'Orano: Orano annonce avoir détecté ce matin le survol de deux drones au-dessus de son usine de traitement de déchets nucléaires.. https://t.co/Zvw4QZBpVZ pic.twitter.com/YjYttHZGfe— Titrespresse.com (@titrespresse) January 25, 2019
The group has repeatedly raised the alarm about the decrepit condition of other French nuclear facilities, notably, the Bugey, Cattenom and Cruas nuclear power plants, built between the 1960-80s, and their vulnerability to modern-day threats.
[BREAKING] A Greenpeace drone placed a distress smoke signal on the roof of the pool of Orano nuclear facility in La Hague (France) to highlight the vulnerability & saturation of this building. It contains the equivalent of 100 irradiated nuclear cores #RisqueNucléaire pic.twitter.com/tZQwsA3t0y— Greenpeace France (@greenpeacefr) January 25, 2019