Drones Spotted Over US Nuclear Site 8 Times in Less Than a Month

13625131_1362311577130787_1629810429_nBy Everett Numbers

Workers at a U.S. Department of Energy nuclear site in South Carolina have reported that unmanned aerial vehicles flew over the facility eight times in recent weeks. Officials say no drone has been recovered.

From June 19 to July 5, an 18-day period, a drone flew over the Savannah River Site (SRS) on at least eight occasions, according to employees at the federal facility, as well as Department of Energy officials, the Aiken Standard and local ABC-affiliate WJBF reported.

Each time one of the remotely operated aircraft is spotted, a call goes out over the facility’s PA system, and SRS employees receive an email with information regarding the sighting, SRS officials told the Standard.

“Over the last two weeks,” the most recent internal email read, “there have been several reports of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) flying over various areas on SRS to include the K Area Complex, H Area, E Area and the [mixed oxide fuel] MOX Facility. Although airspace over the SRS is not currently restricted, these flights do pose a safety and security concern.”

SRS personnel have been asked to watch for drones and report them, along with photographic or video evidence of the sightings. The facility, managed and operated by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC, is cooperating with local, state, and federal authorities.

The Federal Aviation Administration has a well-established Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that “strongly advises” pilots to steer clear of nuclear facilities, and new FAA rules for drone pilots will be enforced this August.

Despite helicopters taking off from the facility to attempt to catch or identify one of the drones, none have been recovered. There are no leads. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state’s equivalent, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, are investigating the matter.

Tom Clements, director of Savannah River Site Watch, an organization critical of the facility, told South Carolina newspaper, The State, that FBI agents visited his home to ask him questions.

Clements not only told the paper he had no information about the drone sightings, but that the FBI agents “were not well informed about my organization or the situation.’’

The SRS facility is located in South Carolina near the state’s border, southwest of the city of Aiken, South Carolina and southeast of Augusta, Georgia. It sits on land in three South Carolina counties.

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6 Comments on "Drones Spotted Over US Nuclear Site 8 Times in Less Than a Month"

  1. Laura Green | July 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Reply

    Israel knows whose drone was.

  2. but that the FBI agents “were not well informed about my organization or the situation.’’

    WOW what a suprise, ill informed FBI agents

  3. Was surprised that MSM didn’t already have a picture of one of these drones with either Putin or Li Keqiang riding on top of it.

  4. glen folkard | July 8, 2016 at 3:23 pm | Reply

    Turning up the depop plan as we find out more. Millions will be thrown under the bus in America via the rad and this will scare the rest of us into submission, ‘they’ think anyway.

  5. Couldn’t you find a better picture that more accurately shows the kind and size of drone that actually did these flyovers at these nuke sites instead of the ones that the criminal neocons in our warmongering govt uses to assassinate (mostly) brown-skinned people in multiple countries especially throughout the middle east?? Somehow I don’t think the drone in that picture does much spying of nuke sites at least here in this country although I’m sure they’d like to try to use them nefariously anywhere they want, being the despicable people they are..

  6. Woah now! I live close to Florence, which is tooo close! This has me worried! Why is there no more information on this? Oh, of course, this is activistpost reporting this…never mind.

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