Did The EPA Conduct Illegal Human Experimentation?

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A lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency is alleging that the agency conducted illegal human experimentation, and now Senator Jim Inhofe wants a congressional investigation:

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is calling for immediate hearings regarding a lawsuit alleging the EPW is conducting illegal human experiments by exposing people to concentrated high levels of substances the EPA has deemed carcinogenic.

In a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. Inhofe cites a lawsuit against the EPA filed by the American Tradition Institute (ATI):

“As I understand from the complaint, the EPA exposed dozens of human subjects, many of whom were health impaired (e.g., asthma, metabolic syndrome, elderly) to concentrated high level doses of substances like fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and diesel exhaust, which EPA has previously and officially determined can kill people and cause cancer.”

If true, “the EPA may be criminally liable for its conduct,” Sen. Inhofe says.

Citing a June 2005 report, ‘Human Pesticide Experiments,’ Inhofe says “[T]he EPA’s conduct may violate laws, regulations and ethical standards set for the protection of human subjects.”

The lawsuit alleges that the EPA exposed human test subjects, without their knowledge, to a pollutant called PM2.5 which can cause death within hours of exposure. In other words, this is some pretty serious stuff, and potentially a huge scandal for the very controversial agency.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • $8194357

    We are “sooo” far into the “brave new world”..

  • Spartacus

    The EPA don’t need no stinking concentration camps.

  • borborygmi

    That could be one of the most disturbing things I have read. If true Crimes against humanity and heads should roll.

    • $8194357

      For the greater good comrade citizen…
      For the greater good….. any means nessacary.

  • Harold

    The EPA and Obama must have another plan to control someone or something, like running guns to Mexico so they could say see those guns need to be confiscated and gun control applied throughout the land. So exposing people to hazards must free them up to say see we told you so and then control whomever and whatever the want to control. Real nice bunch of people in WH now.

    • ellinas1

      In 2005 when experiments took place, Obama was not the president.

      • borboygmi

        Missing something the report linked above has the dates from jan2010 to june 2011

        • ellinas1

          This is what I found from the linked report.
          “Citing a June 2005 report, ‘Human Pesticide Experiments,’ Inhofe says
          “[T]he EPA’s conduct may violate laws, regulations and ethical standards
          set for the protection of human subjects.”

    • Wiliiam Roberts

      “In 2006, Landon Huffman was a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate trying to
      pay for college when he saw an advertisement in the university’s campus
      newspaper.

      “I was 18 years old and just interested in making a little extra
      money. It seemed like a relatively easy and safe thing to do,” said
      Huffman, who signed up for the trials and earned $3,000 dollars over the
      course of a year for his participation.”
      Source NBC17

  • borborygmi

    Philosophical Question. IF the volunteers were paid and if they were fully informed of the risks would that be okay?

    • DakotaDave
      • borborygmi

        Your analogy of Russian roulette as a group and the possibility of it becoming a reality tv show speaks volumes about todays society. Future candidates for Darwin awards.

        • $8194357

          Some good company on that show would be all the DC folks “trusting” Iran..

    • DakotaDave

      Paid human experimentation is
      commonplace. All pharmaceuticals, for
      instance, must be put through human trials before the FDA approves them. By the time a drug reaches the human trial
      stage, however, the risks have been analyzed and the drugs are generally
      thought to be safe for humans. That’s
      not to say there are no risks but great lengths are taken to assure test
      subject safety.

      The EPA apparently threw
      caution to the wind and exposed subjects to levels of particulate matter known (by
      there own standards) to be potentially deadly.
      Purposely exposing people to hazardous and even deadly substances in the
      name of science definitely crosses an ethical Nazi-like line.

      I’m sure a person could
      arrange a game of Russian roulette with a group of willing participants. Clearly this would be an unethical activity,
      no matter how clearly the risks are stated or how much the participants are
      paid. I should shut up before some TV
      executive stumbles on this and creates the next Pay-Per-View sensation. But seriously, what the EPA did was really not
      much different from the above example. Except it could be worse because there is
      evidence the EPA test subjects were NOT fully informed of the risks.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    This is one of the reasons why I’m so pessimistic about the old USofA’s future. Even if the Republicans manage to win the Presidency and both houses of Congress, our bureaucracies and regulatory agencies are so populated by subversives of whatever ilk that I don’t see any way that they can be controlled. And that goes even more so for our educational institutions.

    • $8194357

      Then there is always Soros OSI pulling globalist strings..

      by BareNakedIslam
      A ruling handed down on September 13th by the D.C. District Federal Court has finally made clear what many have known for years–that the Obama Administration’s Iran policy was initiated and advanced by a group with illicit, hidden ties to the Iranian Regime and financed by “George Soros”.

      For the U.S., the consequences of this game of intrigue played by the Administration’s hand-picked, Iranian representatives are summed up in this statement by Barack Obama: “I’ve made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering with Iran’s affairs.”

      And indeed, this is the path Barack Obama has followed. Not exactly reassuring words from a president charged with keeping the American public safe from a nuclear-bound administration of religious fanatics dedicated to our demise.
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  • borborygmi

    I wonder if this could come up in the debates. Mitt should be able to sneak it in on any question about Gov’t intrusiveness. He might not be able to directly connect President Obama with it but his administration would be connected. THis is the type of thing that the avg person can find shockingly grotesque and might resonate with them. You can talk numbers, fact, graphs etc but this has a human touch. Human experimentation by the Gov’t. is a big no-no in anyones books

    • ellinas1

      In 2005 when experiments took place, Obama was not the president.

  • borborygmi

    The dates mentioned aren’t the same as from the link above. from the court filing although I didn’t see a case number designated: Landon Huffman is a member of the American Tradition Institute who supports and shares the ATI’s purposes. See Huffman Decl. at ¶ 7.

    6. In November 2006 and May 2007 Mr. Huffman participated in human experimentation conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the kind at issue in this matter. Id at ¶ 2.

    7. He received a consent form that did not explain that he would be exposed to something that the EPA claims to be lethal. Nor was he ever informed that human experimentation was only supposed to be done in a manner that would potentially and directly benefit those subjected to human experimentation. Id at ¶ 3.

  • Wiliiam Roberts

    Love how this is being spun into an anti-Obama attack when the experiment referred to in the complaint was conducted in 2006, under the 2nd term of President George W. Bush.

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