Boiling Water Reactors are a National Security threat. Fact Sheet on hazards of Boiling Water Reactors (BWR). http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/bwrfact.htm
"A drained spent fuel pool in the U.S. could lead to a catastrophic fire that would result in long-term land contamination substantially worse than what the Chernobyl accident unleashed." http://www.ips-dc.org/blog/safeguarding_spent_fuel_pools_in_the_united_states
Brookhaven National Laboratory studied the consequences of a severe spent fuel pool accident at a closed U.S. reactor in a 1997 report prepared for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "In the most severe case, if the fuel rods rapidly caught fire after water completely drained from the spent fuel pool, an accident could:"
- Contaminate up to 2,790 square miles of land, making it unfit for human habitation,
- Cause as many as 143,000 cancer fatalities over time, in a radius of 500 miles from the accident site, and
- Cause property damage up to $780 billion (in 2011 dollars).
Radioactivity and the Systematic Falsification of Nuclear Risk