Attention drone operators: Savannah River Site will be a no-fly zone, effective Dec. 29.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced the drone ban in a recent news release that said the action was being taken “at the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies.”
The federal government refers to drones as “unmanned aircraft systems” and the FAA and Department of Energy have agreed that restrictions should extend to 400 feet above seven DOE facilities, including SRS, the Hanford site in Washington state, the Pantex site in Texas, Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Y-12 National Security Site in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the Idaho National Laboratory.
“Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges,” the FAA said in its news release. “There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA.”
This is the first time the agency has placed specific airspace restrictions for unmanned aircraft over DOE sites, according to the release.
“The FAA has placed similar airspace restrictions over military bases that currently remain in place, as well as more recently issued UAS flight restrictions over 10 Department of Interior facilities, including several large dams and iconic landmarks.”
For more information, visit the FAA’s UAS website at www.faa.gov/uas/.