Koster says this doesn’t mean the landfill is off the hook for the odor violations of the past several years.
The group says it’s inconsistent for Gates to promote environmental and human health around the world, while remaining silent on the Bridgeton landfill.
Monday night the city Council voted five to 4 to continue to provide backyard trash pickup for free.
The council passed an amendment stating anyone could apply for a waiver from the rear-yard fee, which is $15 a month, but tabled the amended measure.
Republic Services, owner of the Bridgeton Landfill, is preparing to build a firebreak trench to separate the fire from nearby nuclear waste at the West Lake Landfill.
Initial testing is about to start on a trench to help prevent underground smoldering at a suburban St. Louis landfill from reaching World War II-era nuclear waste buried 1,200 feet away.
Ed Smith, Missouri Coalition for the Environment spokesman says the goal is to keep the fire in the trash landfill away from an adjacent landfill containing radioactive waste.
Republic Services says it will remove six concrete columns from the landfill, which will make the smell worse for about two weeks.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was in St. Louis to announce an agreement with Republic Services, operators of the Bridgeton Landfill.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday stems from an underground fire at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill near Lambert Airport.