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  Rabbits burrowing into nuclear waste
Updated 24 June 2003, 16.35

Rabbits are burrowing their way into nuclear waste pits in Scotland and safety experts are very worried.

The animals have been spotted hopping in and out of the pits at the Dounreay nuclear power plant at Caithness.

Rabbits keep out!

Dounreay nuclear plant, Caithness, Scotland
Inspectors from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have told Dounreay's bosses to stop the rabbits.

They're worried they'll spread radioactivity beyond the site.

The waste isn't loose, it's in containers.


But somehow the rabbits must be stopped from getting in at all.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority said it's been testing rabbits around the site but there was no evidence of them having been contaminated.

Bosses at the plant are asking Scottish Natural Heritage how to get rid of some of the rabbits humanely.

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