from staff and wire reports
Two environmental groups join AK suit
A federal judge has granted the request of two national
environmental groups to join as plaintiffs in a 2-year-old
pollution suit against Middletown-based AK Steel.
The Sierra Club and National Resources Defense Council
asked U.S. District Judge Herman Weber to let them join the
federal government and state of Ohio in suing the steel maker
for alleged pollution violations at the Middletown Works.
AK Steel argued the two groups shouldn't be allowed to join
the lawsuit because their petition wasn't filed until more
than a year after the original suit was filed in June 2000.
But Judge Weber said both groups had a right to join the case
under federal law and their request was still timely.
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