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Report: Maryland falling behind on greenhouse gas goals

A new report says Maryland is falling behind in reaching greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The report was released Tuesday in Baltimore by Environment Maryland.

The review of 10 top emissions reductions targets found Maryland is not on track to make cuts proposed in its Climate Action Plan. And that will make it difficult to meet the goals of the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. The only area Maryland is on track is its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a 10-state cap-and-trade program that limits carbon dioxide emissions by power plants but allows them to trade credits from plants operating under their limit.

The report also criticized a decision by Gov. Martin O’Malley to classify trash incineration as renewable energy, which environmentalists say will hurt recycling efforts.