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ANNAPOLIS, MD. (AP)- Maryland would phase out the state's six remaining coal-fired plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under legislation that has bipartisan support.

Opponents who work at the plants said that this would cause the loss of hundreds of jobs and urged lawmakers to study the idea further before taking action.

Before the Senate Finance Committee hearing state Senator Chris West noted that Maryland's six coal-fired plants only operated for a total of 17 days last year.

The Republican said that electricity from coal fired plants is unsustainable.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Scientists say that climate change is prolonging allergy season and the suffering that goes along with it.

The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, reported Thursday that local doctors are seeing more people who are suffering from allergies and that they are suffering for longer periods of time.

Scientists say that deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels are sending more greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Those gases in turn warm the planet and extend allergy season.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to release a greenhouse gas reduction plan.

The governor is attending a summit on climate change in Linthicum Heights on Thursday.

O'Malley, a Democrat, hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent in the state by 2020.

The summit will include presentations and panel discussions that feature scientists, renewable energy business leaders and elected government officials, as well as environmental and community advocates.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority

The facility that turns gas from a Kent County landfill into energy is about to get expanded.

Much of the energy from Felton’s Sandtown Landfill will now be staying on Delmarva once the additions are made.

Jason Munyan, facility manager at the landfill, told WBOC that Sandtown captures greenhouse gases from 50 acres and uses it for three generators which generates three megawatts of power.

Soon, there will be two more for an additional two megawatts of power.

Delaware Electric Co-op says it will produce enough energy to power one thousand homes.