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UPDATE | Security investigating reports of drone flying over SRS

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Published: Jun. 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM EDT
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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:

"Over the last two weeks, 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 MOX Facility. Although airspace over the SRS is not currently restricted, these flights do pose a safety and security concern. As such, when a UAS is reported, the Centerra-SRS Protective Force will initiate a Security Alert in order to increase awareness by all security posts onsite. Additionally, a site-wide announcement will be made by the SRSOC to all operating areas that a Security Alert has been initiated." "All employees are encouraged to be observant for the UAS and report the type, size, color, markings, current location, direction of travel, etc. to the SRSOC (3-3911). If you are able to safely take a photo or video of the UAS, you are encouraged to do so and send to the SRSOC. Every attempt will be made to locate the operator of the UAS for follow-up questioning."

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:

"The protective force at Savannah River Site (SRS) has confirmed several sightings of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) flying in SRS airspace in June. SRS takes these reports very seriously and is coordinating with appropriate federal, state, and local authorities."

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.

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