West Lake Landfill operator sues Mallinckrodt to help cover cleanup costs

The operator of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton is suing Mallinckrodt to help pay for the $205 million cleanup the Environmental Protection Agency has ordered for the suburban St. Louis site.

Bridgeton Landfill LLC, a subsidiary of Republic Services, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Mallinckrodt, a pharmaceutical company with operations in the St. Louis area.

Mallinckrodt’s predecessor, Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, processed uranium that contributed to the contamination of the landfill. Now, Bridgeton Landfill says, the company should bear some of the financial burden for the cleanup.

The lawsuit follows the EPA’s decision last month to move ahead with a cleanup plan funded by Bridgeton Landfill, the U.S. Department of Energy and uranium processor Cotter Corp., whose liability was retained by Exelon Corp., which sold Cotter in 2000.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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