Landfill operator wants another business to help pay for cleanup

Bridgeton Landfill (File photo)

ST. LOUIS – The operator of a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire smolders near illegally dumped radioactive is seeking to get another company to help pay for the $205 million cleanup of the Superfund site.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bridgeton Landfill LLC filed an amended suit Thursday in federal court that attempts to get Belgian zinc chemical producer EverZinc to pay. EverZinc’s predecessor, African Metals Corp., provided uranium ore and ore concentrates that were used in the Manhattan Project. Ultimately, radioactive waste from the weapons program was dumped at the West Lake Landfill, which is adjacent to the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill.

EverZinc declined to comment.

Last week, Bridgeton Landfill, which owns West Lake, sued a drugmaker, saying it also should pay because its predecessor processed nuclear material.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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