SAVAGE, Md. (AP) — Howard County Executive Ken Ulman plans to break ground on backup generators and solar panels that will be installed at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.

Last year, Hurricane Sandy knocked out electrical lines to the plant, causing a large overflow of untreated sewage. Ulman said at the time that such an overflow should never happen again.

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Now the plant is adding large backup generators and new solar panels to make the plant more green and less dependent on a single source of electricity. Ulman will break ground for the project Monday morning.

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Officials say the added solar capabilities and the reduced potential for accidental overflows are significant steps in the environmental protection of the Little Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay.

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