UPDATE | Security investigating reports of drone flying over SRS
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Another drone has been spotted flying over the Savannah River Site, according to the department of energy.
The department of energy said the Unmanned Aerial Systems was seen flying through the area Tuesday night. Monte Volk, with the office of external affairs, said the investigation is still ongoing as they partner with federal, state, and local authorities.
When an UAS is spotted, a site-wide security alert is sent out, notifying site employees to observe and report anything they may see, according to Volk. There have been 8 drone sitings from June 19 to July 5. Since the investigations are ongoing, SRS officials have said they can't share any information collected; however, if local residents have information on drones flying over Savannah River Site, they should contact their local authorities.
The department released the following statement today:
Thursday, June 30, 2016
SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The department of energy investigating whether a drone was spotted over the Savannah River Site Wednesday night.
SRS Released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
This comes about a week after new F.A.A. drone regulations were released dictating how and where you can fly. There is not a "no-fly zone" over SRS, according to Monte Volk with SRS. That means that drones can legally be flown over the site. There are also no specific altitude restrictions at SRS but there are general FAA altitude restrictions.