Group airs ad attacking Sen. Burr's support for EPA plan

RALEIGH -- A Washington-based environmental advocacy group has spent more than $100,000 on two ads attacking North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr's opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's s plan to curb emissions from power plants.

The League of Conservation Voters released two 30-second ads Monday, calling on Burr, a second-term Republican, to end his opposition to the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

The EPA plans to finalize a set of rules in August that are expected to require states to cut their power plant-generated carbon emissions by one-third of 2005 levels.

A spokesman for the LCV said the satellite campaigns cost around $107,000 and are expected to last two to three weeks. They are running a similar campaign against Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.

Burr's office responded with a statement saying, "This will not only be intrusive and costly, but will make it more difficult for North Carolina to continue to lead on this issue."

Both Burr and Johnson are up for reelection in 2016.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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