Tradeoffs, Saltwater Edition

In a perfect world, you use distilled HOH to cool and control a nuclear reactor.

In a flawed world, you use potable HOH and hope nothing damages the reactor in the longer term.

In an emergency, especially one where potable HOH is going to be in short supply and you are near the coast, you use saltwater and hope you can avert a crisis while only losing future use of a reactor you weren’t going to be able to salvage in the first place.

This is not rocket science, it’s making the best tradeoff you can and hoping that ex post discussions are about “better next time ” instead of “what went wrong.”