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To: The Right Honourable Steve Barclay, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and The Right Honourable Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister.

Make toxic landfills safe - Support 'Zane's Law'!

Dangerous, contaminated land is a ticking time bomb. We demand tighter regulations and ‘The right to a clean, healthy environment’ (endorsed by the UN General Assembly, July 2022)

Why is this important?

Current UK regulations with regard to toxic waste disposal and the danger to human life, to our environment, and to the planet as a whole, from both historic landfill sites and currently approved landfill sites operating the ‘dry tomb’ principle, are dangerously inadequate. Especially so, in the face of climate breakdown, with rising sea levels, increased rainfall, and widespread flooding.
In 2014, 7-year-old Zane Gbangbola died and his father was paralysed with a diagnosis of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) poisoning, during catastrophic flooding in the first UK floods acknowledged to be caused by climate change. Flood water passing through a historic landfill site carried HCN into Zane’s home, detected there at high levels by the Fire and Rescue Services on the night of the tragedy.
‘Zane’s Law’ seeks to address the crisis of contaminated land in the UK, reinstating legislative provisions removed by successive governments from the 1990 Environment Protection Act, and recognising the Human Right to a Healthy Environment, endorsed by the UN General Assembly, in July 2022.
‘Zane’s Law’ proposes that the following measures be vigorously pursued, with no ambiguity in government guidance, to prioritise the protection and safety of people and planet, and the human right to a healthy environment, above all other considerations.
1. Every Local Authority must keep a full, regularly updated Register of Land that may be contaminated within their boundary.
2. The Environment Agency must keep a full, public 'National Register of Contaminated Land' to be regularly updated by information from Local Authorities.
3. All above mentioned Registers of Land must be accessible and available for inspection by the General Public.
4. Relevant Local Authorities must fully inspect any land registered that may be contaminated and must fully remediate or enforce remediation of any land which poses harm to public safety, or which pollutes controlled waters*.
5. Relevant Local Authorities must be responsible for inspecting previously closed landfill sites and fully remediating them, or enforcing their remediation when they pose a risk of significant harm to people or controlled waters.
6. The Government must take full responsibility for providing the necessary funds for Local Authorities to meet these new requirements, following the ‘polluter pays’ principle: to recover costs as appropriate where those responsible for the pollution can be identified.

* Controlled waters are groundwater or surface water intended for human consumption.
United Kingdom

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Updates

2024-05-10 08:16:06 +0100

On Monday 6th May, the first meeting of the new 'UK Landfill Campaign' took place on zoom, bringing together people involved with landfill concerns and campaigns in their areas. The meeting was organised by Zane's parents. The need for action on contaminated land and controlled waters is ever more urgent. We hope the landfill campaign will grow and grow, as more people come forward to share what's happening in their communities. Together we are stronger!
If you want to know more about the campaign and participating, please visit our website at www.zaneslaw.co.uk and you can contact us direct at [email protected]

2024-05-02 23:45:56 +0100

Kye and Nicole, Zane's Mummy and Daddy, met with the Alex Chalk KC, Secretary of State for Justice on the same day the BBC report (see below) was published. Chalk noted the evidence in the report and said that he would raise the importance of an Independent Panel Inquiry for Zane with the Prime Minister's Office.

2024-05-02 23:43:03 +0100

On the 24th April. a well researched article, published by the BBC, exposed the fact that the local authority and the Environment Agency knew that the landfill next to Zane's home was dangerous. The article included evidence that the landfill contained 30,000 tons worth of 'Experimental Tipping'. These facts were covered up by authorities, who claimed the land had never been landfill to avoid liability. Many animals have died on the picturesque field that covers over the landfill site and the ornamental lake there has been filmed 'bubbling'. In 2021, a senior, military whistle blower exposed how military waste had been dumped in the landfill, during the 1960s, that could form HCN. A number of emergency environmental incidents recorded in the locality, have also come to light, including one on a nearby 'sister' landfill site.
Here's a link to the article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-68635971.amp

2024-04-25 21:59:29 +0100

Tonight, Thursday 25 April 2024, Stroud District Council unanimously voted to back #ZanesLaw calling for tighter regulation and oversight of both historic and current landfill sites and controlled waters. The Leader and members warmly applauded Zane's Parents and those dedicated to protecting communities at risk. Cllr Rebecca Aldam proposed the motion and Zane's Daddy was present, along with the great Green group at Stroud, protecting community and planet. A massive *Thank You* to all Stroud Councillors, Officers, and the Chair of the Council, Cllr Doina Cornell.

2024-04-09 12:37:05 +0100

Two more councils have passed a motion in support of Zane's Law: Brighton and Hove City Council, unanimously, and Adur Council, both on the same day Thursday 28th March. More councils are gearing up to do the same.
Here's an article from the (Brighton) Argus: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/24218954.zanes-law-issue-party-politics/

2024-02-22 13:46:07 +0000

On Monday 19th February 2024, Lewes District Council was the first local authority in the UK to pass a motion in support of Zane's Law. We hope others will follow their lead and swell the voices calling for urgent reform of regulations on contaminated land and controlled waters. Please visit our dedicated website at https://zaneslaw.co.uk/ to find out more. AND PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU ARE CAMPAIGNING ABOUT CONTAMINATED LAND OR CONTROLLED WATERS IN YOUR AREA. WE NEED TO FIND EACH OTHER! WHEN WE COME TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!!!

2024-02-20 11:14:31 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2024-02-20 10:07:24 +0000

500 signatures reached

2024-02-19 20:55:37 +0000

100 signatures reached

2024-02-19 11:46:44 +0000

50 signatures reached

2024-02-18 23:55:09 +0000

25 signatures reached

2024-02-18 22:40:43 +0000

10 signatures reached