WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware bankruptcy judge says environmentalists can proceed with a federal court appeal in a dispute involving RG Steel.
RG Steel, the nation's fourth-largest flat-rolled steel manufacturer, sought bankruptcy protection in May.
Bankruptcy filings routinely bring a halt to all litigation involving the debtor, but environmentalists sought permission to pursue an appeal filed just a few weeks before the bankruptcy filing.
The appeal challenges the approval by a federal judge in Maryland of an agreement between RG Steel and government regulators regarding water-quality monitoring near the Sparrows Point steel mill outside Baltimore. Environmentalists contend that the scope of the monitoring is too narrow.
The judge said Tuesday that allowing the appeal to proceed should not interfere with RG Steel's bankruptcy case or its plans to sell the Sparrows Point mill.