11/05/2012 03:43 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Nova Scotia judge reserves decision on appeal of lawsuit over Sydney tar ponds

HALIFAX - The lawyer for plaintiffs who've launched a lawsuit over Cape Breton's notorious tar ponds says a judge has reserved his decision on whether to hear an appeal certifying the class-action.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for property damage and exposure to industrial toxins from decades of contaminants spewed from the former Sydney Steel Corp. plant, as well as funds to establish a medical monitoring program.

Some are also suing to have their properties cleaned up.

But in May, the federal and provincial governments filed notices of appeal of a Nova Scotia Supreme Court decision certifying the lawsuit as a class-action, arguing the judge made errors in facts and law.

Ray Wagner, who is representing the plaintiffs, says Justice David Farrar of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal did not say during today's court proceedings when he would make his decision.