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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland is getting a hearing before state lawmakers.

It's coming before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday.  

It would require the Maryland Department of the Environment to adopt a final plan that reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030.

That's an increase from the current goal of 40%, based on 2006 levels.

It also would set the state on a path toward achieving net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A leading Maryland senator on environmental issues says a draft plan from Gov. Larry Hogan's administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is truly vague.

Sen. Paul Pinsky criticized the draft plan to reduce emissions by 40 percent in 2030 during a presentation Thursday by the governor's secretary of the environment.

Ben Grumbles, the secretary, says he disagrees with Pinsky's characterization.

Grumbles says he's confident the proposal will reach the goal.

The three states on the Delmarva Peninsula have joined 19 others in a suit against the easing of restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put in a new rules that allows states more latitude in upgrading such facilities.

The suit argues that does not meaningfully replace the greenhouse gas emissions from the power plants as required under the Clean Air Act.

WBOC reports that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh chastised the administration saying that EPA is prioritizing the coal industry over clean, renewable energy.