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Chesapeake Bay Foundation to appeal Sparrows Point ruling

Environmental groups are appealing a federal judge's ruling that the owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill need only do a limited search for offshore pollution from the plant.

The

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation

and its legal partners, including the

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Baltimore Harbor
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Waterkeeper, have filed notice with the U.S. District Court in Baltimore of their intention to appeal a decision by Judge J. Frederick Motz accepting a plan by the steel plant's current owner, RG Steel, to test for contamination no more than 50 feet into the

Patapsco

River and Bear Creek.

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Though federal and state regulators endorsed that plan, the

Annapolis

-based environmental group contends a more comprehensive investigation is needed. Recent tests found bottom-dwelling aquatic creatures died when exposed to sediment pulled from the creek 1,000 feet offshore, the foundation said.

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