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FAA Bans Drone Flights Near Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam is included on a short list of national landmarks where the Federal Aviation Administration is banning drone flights within 400 feet. The FAA announced the no-fly drone zones at 10 Department of the Interior sites Thursday. They take effect Oct. 5. The restricted sites include the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Boston National Historical Park, Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. Five dams also are on the list: Shasta and Folsom Dams in California, Nevada’s Hoover Dam, Arizona’s Glen Canyon Dam and Washington’s Grand Coulee Dam. Drone violators may face civil penalties and criminal charges. The FAA says the new restrictions came at the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies.