- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A politically-active environmental group is running television ads targeting three western North Carolina state House Republicans who are seeking re-election, criticizing them for their votes on legislation to clean up coal ash ponds.

The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters said a pair of commercials began running in western TV markets Tuesday. It says the commercials are part of a $515,000 campaign that focuses on Reps. Nathan Ramsey and Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County and Michele Presnell of Yancey County. The effort will include mailers and phone calls and also will highlight their votes to support fracking.

The commercials focus on the coal ash law approved by wide margins. Some environmentalists argue the law does not clean up properly or quickly the ash pits next to Duke Energy plants.

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