Owner of radioactive landfill targets new defendant to help $205 million cleanup

Republic Services has filed an amended lawsuit that may reveal the company’s plan for handling the $205 million cleanup that the Environmental Protection Agency ordered for the radioactive West Lake Landfill in suburban St. Louis.

Republic Services is now suing EverZinc, a Belgian chemical company, for the alleged role its predecessor, African Metals Corp., played in contaminating the landfill site.

EverZinc joins Mallinckrodt, the chemical and pharmaceutical company, as a defendant in the lawsuit.

The $205 million cleanup plan announced by the EPA was initially set to be split among Republic Services — whose subsidiary, Bridgeton Landfill, owns the landfill — as well as U.S. Department of Energy and the energy company Exelon.

The latest amendment to the suit may signal a plan by Republic Services to use litigation to spread the cleanup costs among multiple parties.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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