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Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
3 May 2015
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Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals is a chemical company headquartered in St. Louis. It has historical ties with Washington University, evident in the naming of Mallinckrodt Center at the Danforth Campus, and the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the Medical Campus. Mallinckrodt has been a major name associated with Washington University for much of its history.

The company is known for producing tons of uranium oxide since the 1940's. In this time period, Mallinckrodt secretly dumped its nuclear waste in many St. Louis communities, including Berkeley, Hazelwood, and Weldon Spring. The federal government has since taken financial responsibility for these dumps, yet many sites today still face contamination, including the West Lake Landfill. 

Prior to investigation, individuals in these areas had been unknowingly exposed to these nuclear waste dumps for many years. Clearly, Mallinckrodt's impact on the surrounding St. Louis community has not been positive. While the company has certainly been a valuable benefactor for the University, much of its history is contaminated by these events. This situation illustrates how the University's outside relations are not, as the Chancellor would say, entirely positive.

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