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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station (1983: Doomsday)

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The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station was a relatively new nuclear power plant on Doomsday. On that fateful day the facility had one reactor up and running for about 6 years, while the second had just entered test operations a few weeks before Doomsday occurred, and was due to enter standard operations in September of the following year.


Susquehanna steam electric station

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station 1983

The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station was a nuclear power plant owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Power and Lights Company, based in Allentown, PA.

Construction of the plant had cost 7.38 billion USD in 1982. It employed 1100 workers on site. Many had just move there only a few days prior to Doomsday. Most of the employees were engineers, support staff, and technicians.

The nuclear power plant originally was owned solely by Pennsylvania Power and Lights, but in 1977, Allegheny Electric Cooperative purchased 10% ownership in the facility. In 1982 an electrical fire burned out a switchboard, which operated the controls for cooling water in an emergency.

After that incident, there were no other reported accidents before Doomsday. The plant was fairly safe, and with only one active reactor, managed to be shut down when the EMP struck.


The facility was not a target during Doomsday, but suffered damage from the EMP blast, and shock waves after the strike on the city of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  The engineers and technicians scrambled to shut down the power plant before it went critical.

Alarms had gone off around the plant shortly after, while backup generators activated. But then the nuclear strikes on Wilkes-Barre and Scranton fried them as well. Engineers and technicians fought to manually insert the lead control rods between the uranium fuel rods. After a few deaths, they managed to force the rods between the fissionable material.

The backup diesel generators were destroyed electronically, but not mechanically, so engineers were able to salvage enough parts from the turbines and jury rig enough power to keep essential cooling systems from failing.

Surrounding towns heard the nuclear emergency sirens briefly after the EMP knocked out power to the area permanently. They quickly died out as the effects settled on the communities.

Through the skill of the engineers, technicians and employees, they were able to insert the control rods and keep them cool enough to prevent a meltdown.

Several of these people would later die from radiation poisoning after a few employees had to enter to manually insert several stuck rods.

Post Doomsday

The local governments, although they lacked proper resources, realized the threat that the plant posed if it went critical. Some also wanted to prevent rogue groups from seizing uranium and other materials. Although the area did not join Susquehanna until 2009, the nation sent security guards and fuel to the people at the site to ensure its safety.

Today, Susquehanna monitors the facilities and keeps everything clean and allots fuel so the uranium does not overheat. It is still relatively new, not being used for over three decades, and some want to restart the plant with aid from Canada. Although the site is safe to occupy and utilize, time has taken its toll on the facility. The reactors and cooling towers are in pristine condition, but the control rooms, and other facilities have rotted due to time and weather.

Susquehanna has pledged regardless of the circumstances, it would never use the nuclear materials on site to construct a nuclear device.


As of 2015, the nuclear power facility is still not operational. The Commonwealth of Susquehanna controls the area and it is part of Luzerne County. Some individuals plan to attempt to reactivated the facility, but that will not be for many years as the nation does not have the technology or resources to restart it.

The plant took a beating during WWIII, receiving shock wave damage, EMP damage, and suffered wear and tear from age, and the lack of regular maintenance beyond keeping the reactors stable. It will take millions of dollars and several years to repair and reactivate.

Engineers, technicians, and other employees wrote down everything they memorize about working at the plant. The government also confiscated any books, pamphlets, and other materials from the plant, and other sources in the area. They were all out in cold storage, underground for the future to keep them from degrading.


The power plant was constructed in Salem Township, PA, seven miles north-east of Berwick, and approximately 20 miles south-west of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It is less than half a mile from the Susquehanna River.

It is currently located in Salem Township, Luzerne County, Commonwealth of Susquehanna. The power plant is 20 miles northeast of the capital, Bloomsburg, and 25 miles north of the largest city in Susquehanna, Hazleton.


The Susquehanna Station Guard is a team of 20 ex-security officers and police officers who ensure that the facility is secure. The government has a since set up fortifications around the plant including the original defenses of barb wire fences, gates, and a handful of searchlights that survived the EMP blast. The military has since deployed a few troops to defend it from raiders, but the area is isolated, so there have been few if no attacks.

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