To its credit, Maryland has been and continues to be an environmental leader. The state has made enormous progress in a relatively short time in reducing emissions from the state's coal units, and my company has proudly been the leading contributor to these improvements: Our coal facilities have reduced Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) by 95 percent since 2004 and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) by 75 percent. The most recent three-year average air quality data show a remarkable ozone air quality improvement statewide, and just a few days ago, the Maryland Department of the Environment announced that metropolitan Baltimore is now meeting the health-based federal standard for ground-level ozone, as determined by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and described in MDE's report, Clean Air Progress in Maryland. The report's conclusion states "We have effective air pollution controls in place to address the pollution we generate in Maryland. Vehicles and fuels are cleaner. Utilities have invested billions of dollars in pollution controls."