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The EPA’s Disturbing Human Experiments
FrontPage ^ | 10/03/2012 | by Arnold Ahlert

Posted on 10/07/2012 6:46:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

If the shocking allegations contained in a lawsuit filed last Friday by responsible science advocate Steven Milloy are accurate, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a major scandal on its hands. As reported by the National Legal and Policy Center, Milloy initiated litigation in U.S. District Court in Virginia, based on evidence he accumulated via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He alleges that the EPA engaged in disturbing experimentation that deliberately exposed human beings to airborne particulate matter the agency itself considers lethal. The experiments were conducted at EPA’s Human Studies Facility at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience,” said Milloy.

The suit accuses the EPA of paying as many as 41 participants $12 an hour to breathe in concentrated diesel exhaust, for as long a two hours at a time. The exhaust was directly piped in from a truck parked outside the Chapel Hill facility. According to the lawsuit, the fine particulate matter, called “PM2.5,” was piped in at levels 21 times greater than what the EPA calls its “permissible limit.”

Yet even that phrase is misleading. In testimony delivered to Congress in September of 2011, EPA chief Lisa Jackson claimed that exposure to fine particulate matter of 2.5 microns–or less–was lethal. ”Particulate matter causes premature death. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should,” she testified at the time.

Milloy learned about the experiments last year, after reading about them in a government-supported scientific journal. In June, he filed a complaint with the North Carolina Medical Board, accusing Drs. Andrew Ghio and Wayne Cascio, both of whom were employed by the EPA, along with Dr. Eugene Chung, who worked for the University of North Carolina, of violating EPA standards of conduct in human research and the Hippocratic Oath. “During these experiments, the study subjects were intentionally exposed to airborne fine particulate matter (‘PM2.5′) at levels ranging from 41.54 micrograms per cubic meter to 750.83 micrograms per cubic meter for periods of up to two hours,” Milloy wrote to Dr. Ralph C. Loomis, president of the NC Medical Board. “The EPA also believes that PM2.5 is carcinogenic to humans,” he added.

Dr. David Schnare, a former EPA litigator who is now director of American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center, which filed the lawsuit, painted a detailed and chilling picture of exactly how the experiments were conducted. “EPA parked a truck’s exhaust pipe directly beneath an intake pipe on the side of a building,” he revealed. “The exhaust was sucked into the pipe, mixed with some additional air and then piped directly into the lungs of the human subjects. EPA actually has pictures of this gas chamber, a clear plastic pipe stuck into the mouth of a subject, his lips sealing it to his face, diesel fumes inhaled straight into his lungs.”

Milloy added some historic perspective to the mix. “In the context of rules established after scientific horrors of World War II and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, the notion that EPA would pipe high levels of PM2.5 and diesel exhaust into the lungs of unhealthy people to see what would happen is simply appalling,” he said in a press release announcing the lawsuit.

“Unhealthy” is an accurate assessment. The 41 subjects who took part in the experiment included people who were elderly or suffering from asthma, hypertension or metabolic syndrome. One of them, an obese 58-year-old woman with a history of health problems and family history of heart disease, experienced an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and had to be hospitalized as a result. Another subject developed an elevated heart rate. Both resumed normal respiratory and cardiac functions within two hours–according to an EPA report.

When he filed his complaint last June, Milloy pointed out that the two EPA doctors who published a case study of the experiment in the Journal Environmental Health Perspectives mentioned only the 58-year-old woman who suffered the cardiac incident. The 40 other test subjects, who experienced “no clinical effects requiring follow-up,” were omitted from the report. Since properly conducted research requires results both “for” and “against” the hypothesis on which the research is based, the study is scientifically worthless.

Yet a quote from that study is quite revealing. ”Although epidemiologic data strongly support a relationship between exposure to air pollutants and cardiovascular disease, this methodology does not permit a description of the clinical presentation in an individual case. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of cardiovascular disease after exposure to elevated concentrations of any air pollutant,” it said.

Milloy concluded that the way the doctors framed their study meant one of two things: either the EPA believes fine particulate matter is as deadly as they claim–and thus, these doctors are guilty of misconduct–or their claims that thousands of lives have been lost from inhaling fine particulate matter are utter nonsense. “If PM2.5 does not kill then (the EPA’s) utility Mercury Air Toxics Standard and Clean State Air Pollution Rule benefits claims are entirely bogus,” Milloy wrote an email. “Must be one or the other; can’t be neither.”

If PM2.5 is indeed toxic, then the EPA violated its own requirements, aka its “Common Rule,” which states that researchers must minimize risk to subjects, and that those risks must be reasonable compared to anticipated benefits. Furthermore, subjects are supposed to be fully informed of the risks involved, and studies with “risk of substantial injury to a human subject” are not to be approved, except in extremely rare cases that must be given the OK by higher agency authorities. Milloy, who obtained 3,500 pages of documents as a result of his FOIA filing, noted that since the EPA already considers PM2.5 lethal, no benefits could possibly accrue from subjecting people to it. He further alleges that none of the patients were told that breathing in such toxic fumes were life- or health-threatening.

Among the demands outlined in the lawsuit are the ideas that the EPA should be barred from conducting illegal life-and health-threatening experiments; a formal investigation of the experiments the EPA has already conducted should be initiated; and the regulations based on the illegal experiments should be suspended, pending an investigation.

The EPA sent a statement responding to Milloy’s lawsuit to the Washington Times’ Kerry Picket. “EPA is one of 15 federal departments and agencies that conduct or support research with human subjects under the governance of the Common Rule,” it said. “All human exposure studies conducted by EPA scientists are independently evaluated for safety and ethics, and the results are peer-reviewed. The complaint has been referred to the Department of Justice and further inquiry regarding litigation should be directed to them.”

That would be arguably the most politically compromised DOJ in recent history, one already enmeshed in a major scandal of its own, courtesy of the Fast and Furious debacle. Nonetheless, Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Steven Milloy and the National Legal and Policy Center for their tireless efforts to expose one of two disturbing realities: either the EPA has needlessly endangered the lives of uninformed participants in a worthless experiment or they have knowingly lied for years about the dangers of airborne particulate matter. In either case, the American people deserve answers and accountability.

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KEYWORDS: americanmengele; dieselfuel; dncvsamericans; epa; epaexperiment; epagassing; epaoutofcontrol; epavsamericans; experiments; lifehate; monsters; obamahatesamerica; peoplehate; thedestroyers

1 posted on 10/07/2012 6:47:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

See also here:

http://joemiller.us/2012/10/lawsuit-epa-conducted-gas-chamber-like-experiments-on-elderly-infirm-at-university-of-north-carolina/

TITLE: Lawsuit: EPA Conducted Gas Chamber-like Experiments on Elderly, Infirm at University of North Carolina

EXCERPT:

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[T]he EPA has been conducting human experiments on people by piping diesel fumes from a running truck mixed with air into their lungs at a North Carolina university. The agency has ginned up yet another green crusade — the lethal dangers of diesel fumes. They even had a gas chamber set up to accommodate the environmental research project that shockingly recalls the death camps in Poland.

Not surprisingly, the EPA is now in the process of being sued for conducting dangerous experiments on human guinea pigs. The courts will decide whether or not serious laws and practices were violated, including the international Nuremberg Code that was set up after sixteen Nazi doctors were executed for medical terrorism. After the barbaric fallout of Nazi Germany, where many people were treated like experimental animals, the Nuremberg Code was designed to be an international governing set of principles to regulate the practice of human experimentation. The whiff of the Jewish holocaust is therefore unmistakable.

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE REST...


2 posted on 10/07/2012 6:48:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

FOX News Channel is running a hard-hitting piece against the EPA.

The EPA is one set of nasty bastards.


3 posted on 10/07/2012 6:51:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The EPA has referred this toxic experimentation on the poor to Eric Holder’s Injustice Dept. Nothing to see here......

This is sounding more and more like Nazi Germany.


4 posted on 10/07/2012 6:52:47 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

Trying to prove CARBs assertions.


5 posted on 10/07/2012 6:53:11 PM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: SeekAndFind

Democrats are psychopaths.


6 posted on 10/07/2012 6:59:44 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: txrefugee
This is sounding more and more like Nazi Germany.

The Nazi's were socialists, too.
"2008 - We are all Socialists now."

7 posted on 10/07/2012 7:04:12 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: SeekAndFind

ping ping ping


8 posted on 10/07/2012 7:04:55 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: SeekAndFind

Used to be they measured pm10 particulate emissions (10 micron particles- .0004 inches), now they wish to regulate one-fourth of that.

We measure clearances in your automobile’s crankshaft in thousandths- engine runs fine when kept in 3-5 thousandths tolerance.

Now do you see why they want to outlaw dust?

These clowns are out of control, and need to not only be defunded but eliminated as an extra-Constitutional burden on our society.

Human lungs have been dealing with dust since dust was invented- “ Dust thou art”....

Give me a break.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 7:05:20 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The experiments can neither be blamed on Mitt Romney nor George W. Bush; therefore, they are not news.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 7:08:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mengele, the early years.

HF


11 posted on 10/07/2012 7:09:16 PM PDT by holden
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To: SeekAndFind

The White House uses the EPA to rapidly bypass Congress and weak Federal Law.


12 posted on 10/07/2012 7:10:20 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: txrefugee

Drudge has an EPA story too. Seems the EPA’s getting young school children to form patrols - and turn in those wasting energy... For now it’s limited to schools - but how far from turning in parents or neighbors...


13 posted on 10/07/2012 7:10:48 PM PDT by GOPJ (You only establish a feel for the line by having crossed it. - - Freeper One Name)
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To: SeekAndFind

The White House uses the EPA to rapidly bypass Congress and weak Federal Law.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 7:11:38 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: SeekAndFind

Heck, local governments have been doing this experiment on school kids for decades, with diesel buses. Might explain a lot of brain damaged democrats in the populace.


15 posted on 10/07/2012 7:12:05 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: SeekAndFind

IF ever there was an alphabet agency that needed to be put out of business, it’s these bastards.
Those testimonies resulted in the strict emission requirements for current day diesel trucks and ULSD fuel that was probably not even needed or required, similar to their global warm farce. Millions, if not billions of consumer (our) dollars have been spent because of these Nazis ass hats. And that’s not even counting the billions into research and refining it making it cost $5/gal in some places. They need to GO!!!
Liberalism is a dangerous mental disease!!


16 posted on 10/07/2012 7:12:31 PM PDT by lgjhn23
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To: SeekAndFind

I have been looking for the dates of these “tests” anyone see that?


17 posted on 10/07/2012 7:15:42 PM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: SeekAndFind

$12 an hour?

No wonder the unemployment rate fell......


18 posted on 10/07/2012 7:16:52 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: SeekAndFind
EPA approved Auschwitz style gassing of humans in tests as human experimentation moves FORWARD

19 posted on 10/07/2012 7:19:58 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: txrefugee
This is sounding more and more like Nazi Germany.

Sure seem like getting that way. The constant drive for social justice is the basis for communist to take control. Experimenting on humans this way is exactly the way Nazi Germany was involved to build a super human race.

20 posted on 10/07/2012 7:21:40 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: q_an_a

http://tucsoncitizen.com/wryheat/2012/09/24/breaking-epa-sued-in-federal-court-over-illegal-human-testing/

...Public health consultant Steve Milloy, publisher of Junkscience.com and the nonprofit American Tradition Institute Environmental Law Center (ATI) have sued the EPA for conducting illegal life- and health-threatening scientific experiments on human subjects. The tests are still ongoing and conducted “with the assistance of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine” according to Milloy...


21 posted on 10/07/2012 7:24:00 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind

Are they getting ready to gas the Jews again?


22 posted on 10/07/2012 7:24:38 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Dogbert41
Are they getting ready to gas the Jews again?

Oboma was born and raised a Muslim, and the socialists and Islam are working together again, just like they did during the rise of Hitler.

History DOES repeat itself.

23 posted on 10/07/2012 7:29:19 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Nachum; steelyourfaith

For your lists.


24 posted on 10/07/2012 7:30:34 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: concerned about politics

You know, I kinda wish this could be brought up by Romney in subsequent debates when they are discussing the size of government.

Romney could cite this as an example... Boy would it really cause a national stir !!

I know if it were Newt, he would not be afraid to bring this news up.


25 posted on 10/07/2012 7:32:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Dogbert41
NAZI GAS VANS
26 posted on 10/07/2012 7:33:49 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: txrefugee

lets you know what government death panels would be like.


27 posted on 10/07/2012 7:41:23 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: SeekAndFind

An excellent pretext to dismantle or reform the entire agency


28 posted on 10/07/2012 7:44:32 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind
Leave the EPA alone!

After all, it's the EPA's job to develop those 3-acre ovens with a low-carbon footprints ready for oscumbo's 3rd or 4th term...

29 posted on 10/07/2012 7:52:36 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anyone remember back in the 1960s when the US government was secretly spreading cold and flu viruses in the subways of NYC to test how an enemy agent might spread a worse virus or poison gas?


30 posted on 10/07/2012 7:52:44 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: SeekAndFind

Milloy ‘s purpose is not to prove the EPA is sponsoring human experimentation but that the EPA administration cornholes designated a ubiquitous and longstanding airborne “ pollutant” as having lethal attributes even in the smallest of quantities. These bastidges are citing our rural area as being gravely polluted due to particulate matter(otherwise known as dust) in a .....get this.....a farming community. These Nazi’s need to be controlled


31 posted on 10/07/2012 9:02:46 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: SeekAndFind
So the EPA conducted this unscientific study to bolster their case that diesel exhausts causes health problems. It looks like to me that they are preparing a case to hit our nation's trucking industry with destructive EPA rules. It also will prevent the use of the new high efficiency turbodiesel engines in passenger cars that are common place in Europe. This one, for example gets 70-plus mpg (highway):

The Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion three-cylinder TDI is banned by the United States government.

32 posted on 10/08/2012 1:01:20 AM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

“That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience,”

Mean while back at the WH, 0bama said, “it was just another one of his shovel ready jobs.”


33 posted on 10/08/2012 3:11:50 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama Job creation. Twelve bucks an hour and no retirement benefits needed.
34 posted on 10/08/2012 4:39:17 AM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Colorado Doug
RE: Obama Job creation. Twelve bucks an hour and no retirement benefits needed.


35 posted on 10/08/2012 4:42:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: txrefugee
Yes, this does sound just like Nazi Germany.

I just watched the first episode of Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (Auschwitz: The Nazi and the "Final Solution") on Netflix.

It's just getting to point where they were testing different methods of delivering CO to kill people on a mass scale. This type of "testing" has been known about for decades. Honestly, the only conclusion I can come to regarding the EPA and this matter is that they are clearly interested in repeating these tests for a reason.

As a side note, I would really like to know the racial makeup of the participants in the EPA's test...

36 posted on 10/08/2012 6:50:43 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: jjotto

thanks for the link - I was afraid that this started under GWB. He let the government grow and did nothing to change the “ploitcal” people in most departments - so we have greenie weenie types doing “humna research” to stop global warming right under the noses of conservative president - ugh.


37 posted on 10/08/2012 8:40:54 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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