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.

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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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