EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily barred a company from selling the former site of the Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket and restricted ongoing demolition at the property.

EMEP hopes to build a biofuel refinery on the site currently owned by North American Recovery Management, which bought the shuttered mill and associated real estate a year ago.

The Portland Press Herald reports a federal judge in Portland approved an order that says North American Recovery Management is ignoring a deal to sell the property to EMEP and is preparing to accept new offers.

EMEP says demolition work threatens some of the buildings it hopes to use.