The EPA’s Disturbing Human Experiments

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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.

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  • PhillipGaley

    The "EPA" is mostly a body of paperwork to be executed using discretion, by expendable and replaceable individual people.

    Hence, if consistent with appearances in this article, instead of individuals by name, the suit supposes to concentrate attention on some rather amorphous "EPA", I wouldn't expect it to do all that well.

  • amused

    If true ,and the facts are correct , Jackson should not only be removed from office , but prosecuted under Federal and Local laws . There is no excuse for harmful human testing .

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Of course not.

      I'm just shocked you're making sense finally.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Hear! Hear! No excuse, whatsoever.

  • pierce

    Who, but a desperate fool, would subject her/his self to toxic diesel fumes for a period of 2 hours, and for $12 an hour. Desperate times, desperate people. To further that premise, who but a dangerous despot would allow the fool do it. Is this the cause celebres that the Obama administration has undertaken, I think so, not to be trusted anymore.

    • http://www.sargee5.blogspot.com The Watchman

      Unfortunately, there are a number of desperate fools out there. C'mon man, cut these folks a little slack, they were probably led into this experiment under false pretenses. The Obama administration should never have been trusted from day one!

      • Kufar Dawg

        I agree with you, I find it highly unlikely the EPA stated that the test subjects were getting paid to inhale toxic chemicals, although I bet they had to file some kind of disclaimer before they became human guinea pigs.

    • http://twitter.com/undefined @undefined

      If you read the actual suit, it lays out the description of who was participating and what they were led to believe. Maybe look further into something before you lay it all out.

  • http://twitter.com/Jcdavidson37 @Jcdavidson37

    Is it an wonder why Veterans no longer trust the VA Health system. They often feel like subjects to experiments, rather than human beings.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Marxism never leaves the masses their dignity.

    • Butch

      I dropped out of the VA system after I complained 6 times about different treatments and non interest at the Myrtle Beach SC VA center after these things I moved back home and got into medicare still some downsides but way better than how veterans get dealt with by the VA they flat out suck

  • Dr. Ron Polland

    Here s a case where the comparisons between Nazi doctor Joseph Megele and the EPA are not far-fetched given the evil intentions behind them. In the base of both, the conclusions were in search of data to support them. This is agenda-based research and bears no relationship to real scientific research.

    In other words, this is how liberals roll out their idiotic and totally fallacious “scientific” findings to jam the liberal bureaucrat’s public policy down our throats.

    What? No evidence of global warming? No problem. We’ll manufacture them and corral enough agenda-driven, academic kooks with letwing leanings to give them their pseudoscientific blessing.

    Better to stop them now before they start injecting mercury under baby’s skin

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.kirkup Joseph Kirkup

      Dr. Pollard,
      Mengele was the first thing that came to my mind. One can only imagine what diabolical "research" will be conducted by the coming Obamacare juggernaut.
      Joe Kirkup http://www.joekirkup.com

  • Petra

    Here s a case where the comparisons between Nazi doctor Joseph Megele and the EPA are not far-fetched given the evil intentions behind them. In the base of both, the conclusions were in search of data to support them. This is agenda-based research and bears no relationship to real scientific research.

    In other words, this is how liberals roll out their idiotic and totally fallacious “scientific” findings to jam the liberal bureaucrat’s public policy down our throats.

    What? No evidence of global warming? No problem. We’ll manufacture them and corral enough agenda-driven, academic kooks with letwing leanings to give them their pseudoscientific blessing.

    Better to stop them now before they start injecting mercury under baby’s skin

    Petra

    • Demetrius M

      In regards to Megele, that was exactly my first thought. This is so unreal I had to reread the article twice to make sure I wasn't myself hallucinating from exhaust fumes.

      • Kufar Dawg

        Mengele's test subjects had no choice and weren't paid. They had no legal recourse either. Here's to hoping the test subjects in the EPA experiment sue the federal government for tens of millions in a class action lawsuit.

  • tarasbalderdash

    If these allegations are true those who authorized and conducted these experiments are liable to international as well as US law. They fall into the same category as Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor of death. If true, this act by the EPA was a crime against humanity and should be prosecuted as such.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      We don't need foreign help in enforcing our domestic laws.

      • tarasbalderdash

        I'd generally be inclined to agree. I don't like any foreign interference in our affairs. But if we are in a situation where the current regime is able to stay in power this case would be prosecuted by Eric Holder's Justice Department. In other words, don't hold your breath.

        • pennyrobinsonfans

          Concur, we don't need no stinkin' "international courts" to handle our own matters.

  • goemon

    The EPA is just following their religion that all good leftist radicals must do. Their religious duty is to destroy the economy of any free country and build up the economies of the harshest most authoritarian countries in the world. They do it because they're big excitement in life is to create as much human misery as possible and call themselves good and wonderful and enlightened while they do it. They all belong in their dream country where they can work their ass off 20 hours a day and for food insects and camel piss. Recreational activity should include exercise one hour a day of running away from U.N. peacekeepers with tasers and truncheons. I'm not a vicious man I just want them to be where they will be happy.

    • tagalog

      I beg to differ on one point: I suspect that recreation would be an hour or two of aerobics on the community treadmill to insure that the village is provided with electricity.

    • Kufar Dawg

      There's nothing wrong w/a nice, steaming, healthy glass of camel urine in the morning. It's muhammad recommended!

  • Stephen_Brady

    They don't have to do these horrific experiments. The Nazi experiments with diesel are still on record. The results were predictable.

    • tagalog

      Didn't the Nazis murder thousands of Russian Jews using the fumes from truck engines during Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the USSR? Before they settled on Zyklon B gas? Or was that gasoline engines and not diesel engines? Maybe they didn't keep accurate records on dosages or something.

      • Fritz

        Gasoline engines I believe, diesels were not that common during that time, and in fact even the German tanks had gasoline engines for some reason, probably because of the power output and weight. Also the problem with diesel engines is that they are too efficient and efficient combustion doesn't produce enough carbon monoxide.

        • kufar dawg

          At some point the nazis were using trucks in which the exhaust was ducted into the enclosed compartment in the back to kill people. Absolutely sick and vile.

  • rejectedWhiteDude

    Makes you wonder about their so called concern about global warming in which they force coal plants to close down.

  • buffmuffin

    Gas the poor with diesel exhaust?

    YES!, We Can in 2012!

  • Idylewylde

    The EPA placed a demand on a local manufacturing plant to decrease toxic emissions.
    The plant complied. EPA raised the standards. he plant relocated overseas.
    The people living in that area are still there.
    EPA says those levels are safe for human habitation, so they have not evacuated the people from that area.
    So, according to EPA, it's safe to live in that level of toxic contamination, but not safe to work in that level of toxic contamination.
    The taxpayers are picking up the slack to support the expanding welfare base as our industrial base shrinks.
    Where did this happen?
    It started in Detroit .. but the pattern has since spread across America.
    THis was their first big Human experiment in social engineering using a bogus environmental issue.
    Now they're using the GREEN scam to further cripple our industrial base.
    These people are not Americans … they've sold themselves to something that is profoundly un-American.
    They are Eco-Nazis. Ralph Nader is their prophet, and ALGORE is their guru.

    • Swamp dog

      Goreons, I call them. They and their acolytes want us to live in tepees and drink goat's milk while thatching each other's huts for a living. And these fools want our guns, too! "It's for your own good" they will say, but I won't fall for it. Debbie Stabenow voted to confiscate firearms from law-abiding Americans during a declared emergencies. She enjoys round-the-clock armed protection but doesn't want "we the people" to have effective means of self-defense. OK! I know who I'm voting for, and it ain't for tyranny!

  • tagalog

    No matter how disgusting the image of a person subjected to sucking diesel-fume-polluted air may be, if they gave informed consent and participated on an entirely voluntary and competent basis, that goes a long way toward protecting the EPA from the worst, war-crime Auschwitz-type atrocity level, of accountability. The question is, did they? What constitutes informed consent in such a scenario?

    • Kufar Dawg

      I'm sure written consent of some form was given, whether or not the consent was given for what they were subjected to is another matter entirely.

  • Ar'nun

    Oh those treehuggin Liberal nuts wouldmuch rather poison people than a cute little mouse. They should check the voter registrations of the "subjects". Either that, or like the rest of the Obama administration, I wonder if they were Jewish. Obama hates us Jews, I can see one of his minions wanting to gas some Jews.

    • Kufar Dawg

      That's a sick thought, yet entirely consistent w/the moral outlook of the current presidential regime.

  • Thomas Wells

    The EPA "medical scientists" have jobs. Just put up a sign over their buildings: " Arbeit Macht Frei"-like the sign at Auschwitz (" Work makes you free"-to do the bidding of the devil)

  • A. Keen Observer

    I'd like to know who the subjects of the experiment were and how the EPA recruited them. Does anyone know?

  • Greta Wanyik MD

    I thought Dr Mengele is dead, but apparently he resurrected and is alive and well.
    Shame on you butchers and not doctors, you should loose your license to practice medicine.

  • Stephan

    The CIA might call this human experimentation progress.

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.gulliford.92 Robert Gulliford

    A Few Years Ago, BLAIR Introduced The Mental Capacity Act. There Are Clauses In It Which Permit Experimentation On Anyone Deemed To Fall Under The Criteria For Mental Incapacity, As Defined By The Act. Now, That Doesnt Necessarily Mean That Such A Person Is Deficient In Mental Capacity Or Ability. Anyone Who Needs Assistance Or Help Could Meet Those Criteria, EG, The Deaf, The Blind ETC. Around That Period I Spoke On Revelation Tv, And I Said Something Like This, "Now, what if Hitler had gone about his "final solution" another way. Suppose Hitler had divized a system where he had control of the nations access to health care, like a national health service. Suppose he introduced a universal welfare system. Suppose he divized a system of positive discrimination whereby certain target groups, races and perhaps even genders, would be denied access to the means of support, lets say for example, white anglo-saxon males, or chinese females for example and perhaps anybody over a certain age, or a religious group or race. Would Hitler have achieved his final solution while the rest of the world were believing that in his regime there was equality, freedom and welfare for all?

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.gulliford.92 Robert Gulliford

    A Few Years Ago, BLAIR Introduced The Mental Capacity Act. There Are Clauses In It Which Permit Experimentation On Anyone Deemed To Fall Under The Criteria For Mental Incapacity, As Defined By The Act. Now, That Doesnt Necessarily Mean That Such A Person Is Deficient In Mental Capacity Or Ability. Anyone Who Needs Assistance Or Help Could Meet Those Criteria, EG, The Deaf, The Blind ETC. Around That Period I Spoke On Revelation Tv, And I Said Something Like This, "Now, what if Hitler had gone about his "final solution" another way. Suppose Hitler had divized a system where he had control of the nations access to health care, like a national health service. Suppose he introduced a universal welfare system. Suppose he divized a system of positive discrimination whereby certain target groups, races and perhaps even genders, would be denied access to the means of support, lets say for example, white anglo-saxon males, or chinese females for example and perhaps anybody over a certain age, or a religious group or race. Would Hitler have achieved his final solution while the rest of the world were believing that in his regime there was equality, freedom and welfare for all?
    Then, I Asked The Viewing Audience, "Is there such a regime, doing exactly that, in this world now, whilst the rest of the world is watching unaware? Might that regime be not very far away from you? Is Hitler still here?

  • R. S.

    Looks to me it is just one more plan (among the many) for the purpose of destroying the American economy. If they can claim that these experiments show diesel to be a hazard to the environment, then they can ban diesel from being used as a fuel. That will fit in with banning Coal, which they have already mostly done, along with many other stupid acts that this Communist, Muslim administration has done and continues to do. Let us hope that these evil bastards end up as the Nazis war criminals did after WW2.

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.gulliford.92 Robert Gulliford

    A Few Years Ago, BLAIR Introduced The Mental Capacity Act. There Are Clauses In It Which Permit Experimentation On Anyone Deemed To Fall Under The Criteria For Mental Incapacity, As Defined By The Act. Now, That Doesnt Necessarily Mean That Such A Person Is Deficient In Mental Capacity Or Ability. Anyone Who Needs Assistance Or Help Could Meet Those Criteria, EG, The Deaf, The Blind ETC. Around That Period I Spoke On Revelation Tv, And I Said Something Like This, "Now, what if Hitler had gone about his "final solution" another way. Suppose Hitler had divised a system where he had control of the nations access to health care, like a national health service. Suppose he introduced a universal welfare system. Suppose he divised a system of positive discrimination whereby certain target groups, races and perhaps even genders, would be denied access to the means of support, lets say for example, white anglo-saxon males, or chinese females for example and perhaps anybody over a certain age, or a religious group or race. Would Hitler have achieved his final solution while the rest of the world were believing that in his regime there was equality, freedom and welfare for all?
    Then, I Asked The Viewing Audience, "Is there such a regime, doing exactly that, in this world now, whilst the rest of the world is watching unaware? Might that regime be not very far away from you? Is Hitler still here?

  • Toomuchsense

    Just another indication of where some of our leaders will take this country when death panels under the Obama health care system is too slow to moderate the population. Just how do you justifiy a medical death panel with an healthy individual? You go outside the medical establishment which will handle the aged, the sick, the infirmed themself. Thus the healthy dissidents are easily dispatched.

    Sounds farfetched? Just how do you make sense of those that actually believe the newest government lie, that unemployment is 7.8%? The information, the facts, common sense, does not support this sudden drop in unemployment a month before the election. So we have a herd of sheep. Worst, a large collection of reprobates that will turn on their fellow citizens if they don't toe the elitist and controling party line.

    Just how in the world did a strong civilization resort to the killing fields and gas rooms that killed millions of jews and TRUE christians, the infirmed, the dissidents in full view and acceptance by other citizens? You're seeing how, now. The present. Many on the left have proposed concentration camps and yes, exterminating millions of those that don't accept their views.

    • cyndi

      DICK CHANEY AND HALENURTON MADE 500 MILLION DOLLARS SETTING UP. FEMA CA
      PS…..OBAMA DID NOT BUILD THOSE CAMPS…..

  • Karl Uppiano

    One word explains it: Bureaucracy.

    Further explanation: Unelected bureaucrats not responsible to the voters.

    Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington

  • Silvermaven

    Well its not as bad as FDA/USDA letting them grown OSPA in Rice out in Kansas!!!
    Because we know what OSPA causes—The real AIDS…LOL It wasn't bad unuf they infected thousands of Thai with lies of a HIV vaccine they KNEW would not work. They then had to lie about a drug that prevented it….LOL….When HIV never caused AIDS in the first place. Using spirochetal prion proteins in vaccines for the last 30yrs. did….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

  • Jeremy

    Regulating "particulate matter", a general mix of microscopic stuff in the air that has many suggestions of ill health alleged by pure imagination/ several dodgy parallel studies with recordings vs hospital visits (as if cold, damp, previous illnesses and dietry dissorders etc arn't relevant) is the biggest joke from emissions trading environmental internationalism so far. There are known carcinogens already coming from big industry, but when you want to offset those with something else, less serious people get imaginative. Particulate matter has to be quantified and analysed from local source. In itself it cannot be labelled a poison and I hope it gets discredited soon. Those who mislead and terrorize the public with false, commercial vested interest junk science in the disguise of real science incorporating testable and conclusive methods should be imprisoned.

  • Jeremy

    Just about every decent sized air quality organisation is promoting unsustainable and expensive natural gas and electricity. A tad more sustainable, biofuels too – but market-based fuels in short. They repeat and emphasise the inconclusive studies from the EPA in a colllectivist propaganda fashion. Clean air is awesome but when sweeping agendas of appliance bans, wood heating bans are spread from this agency, while oil refineries, natural gas fracking etc are given a lighter load – it proves how systematically useless it is at doing the job it preaches to the people. The world of popular collectivist media is too powerful in some places and it breeds foolishness. Flase advertising is illegal.

  • Christopher

    Well this does not surprise me as most things our government (or lack there of) does. Lets face it human experimentation has been going in for years. This one was just a quick way to cash out on long term health costs for the participants of this study. We have covertly tested on buman beings as early as 1930 -40′s at least. Tests have included the creation of chemical weapons under the guise of new fertilizers for crops or defoliants that have lead to poisonous and often lethal results. We have used pharmacology to develop better soldiers. We have disguised philanthropic help to aboriginal tribes that have left them with more premature births, developmental disabilities etc.. Just investigate nestle Swiss almantana and sub Saharan countries in the 70′s -80′s for that one. The list goes on. So smoke that diesel doobie and wash it down with some Obama Kool-aid !

  • 2mil

    Didn't the Nazis try to excuse what they were doing by calling them "experiments?"

  • http://facebook Robert Stokes

    Atrocious -despicable- and absolutely unacceptable by an sane entity. I suppose history does repeat itself,just under a different guise. Heads should roll for this insane experimentation–literally !

  • joanne

    If this is true, then it is absolutely horrible.. I do not understand though, why anyone would submit theirselves to this type of experiment.. regardless of the pay…It is shameful and those who initiated this whole experiment should have to pay dearly…

  • Billy

    Facebook removed my post and did not post my reply on this subject! No wonder it is so difficult to get the truth out to people!! -:((

  • Marianne

    sad and shameful

    I retired from there. and I am glad I had nothing to do with anything like this.

  • brenda

    i am speechless…

  • Marym

    Why haven’t we heard about this in the news?? This is a gov’t agency, paid by we, the tax payers. We should be told what is happening!! Why are people so STUPID to agree to this….are these people INSANE? See? These are the same people who vote blindly, because they are STUPID.

  • American1959

    The EPA should be shut down and done away with totally!