Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed into law the Healthy Air Act on April 6, 2006. The bill requires the Governor to include the state in the northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) by June 30, 2007. The state will also study the reliability and cost implications of joining RGGI. Maryland is the eighth state to join the program, which establishes a carbon dioxide emissions cap and trade program for power plants in the region. These emissions are capped at current levels in 2009, and then reduced 10% by 2019. The Healthy Air Act also mandates reductions in nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and mercury emissions from coal-fired electric power plants.
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