BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – The Teamsters Union is lobbying billionaire Bill Gates to support the total cleanup of radioactive waste from the West Lake Landfill.
Chuck Stiles, the Assistant Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste Division, says the group is targeting Gates because he is the biggest shareholder in Republic Services, controlling 25 percent of the stock.
But so far, he’s not returning their calls.
“We’ve heard no response from Bill Gates, we’ve heard no response from his people who act on his behalf, and to me it’s just unbelievable that here he preaches all over the world about this, and then he’s letting Bridgeton become this,” he says.
Stiles says it’s inconsistent for Gates to promote environmental and human health around the world, while remaining silent on the Bridgeton landfill.
“We hear about his drinking water, clean air, inside toilets, malaria—all of this stuff he’s fighting—and then in his own backyard, in a company he is heavily invested in, this happens,” he says. “He’s got the pull, he knows how to get this done.”
KMOX left a message for Bill Gates through his charitable agency, the Gates Foundation. He has not responded.
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