The Environmental Protection Agency surely did not protect this man’s environment.
A former student at the University of North Carolina has come forward publicly to call attention to the disturbing experiments the Environmental Protection Agency has conducted – and is likely still performing – at its Human Studies Facilityin Chapel Hill, N.C. . . .
The student, Landon Huffman, found out about the EPA program through an advertisement in The Daily Tar Heel, the university’s newspaper. The experiments exposed subjects to fine particulate matter (called “PM2.5”) at extremely elevated levels for up to two hours at a time. Researchers – at the direction of medical doctors – sought test subjects with health problems such as heart conditions, obesity or breathing difficulties. Huffman is an asthmatic and is a member-plaintiff in a lawsuit against EPA to get the experiments halted.
According to the complaint filed in Virginia, Huffman “was led to believe that the benefit of the experiment would be to help people with asthma…. He was not informed that the pollution EPA was forcing into his lungs could actually cause him to have an asthma attack.” . . .
“I was 18 years old and just interested in making a little extra money,” he told the station. “It seemed like a relatively easy and safe thing to do.”
Huffman said he earned $3,000 dollars over the course of a year for his participation.
“They convinced me that what I was doing was harmless,” Huffman said. “That I was breathing air from outside… Why would they lie to me, why would they mislead me like that?”
According to documents that sound science advocate Steve Milloy received via the Freedom of Information Act from EPA, none of the test subjects were told that their health, or lives, were endangered. As Dr. David Schnare, the lawyer with American Tradition Institute which filed the lawsuit against EPA, explained, “It is difficult to overstate the atrocity of this research.”
“EPA parked a truck’s exhaust pipe directly beneath an intake pipe on the side of a building. 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.” . . .
One U.S. Senator, James Inhofe, a Republican, wants to hold hearings.
“It also appears that the EPA researchers failed to inform the institutional review board and the study subjects of its official views concerning the lethality and toxicity of PM2.5 and diesel exhaust,” Inhofe wrote to Boxer. “The EPA’s conduct may violate the laws, regulations and ethical standards set for the protection of human subjects. Indeed, the EPA may be criminally liable for its conduct.”
The EPA will of course get away with this. An agency that is 40 years old is untouchable. Let us not forget how this agency came into existence.
On July 9, 1970, citing rising concerns over environmental protection and conservation, President Richard Nixon transmitted Reorganization Plan No. 3 to the United States Congress by executive order, creating the EPA as a single, independent agency from a number of smaller arms of different federal agencies. Prior to the establishment of the EPA, the federal government was not structured to comprehensively regulate environmental pollutants.
This is how the federal government works.
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