In an attempt to help push Obama’s more onerous air regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency has been using humans to conduct potentially life-threatening experiments.
The tests included people with health problems as well as the elderly and exposed them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants without ever disclosing the risks involved, which included cancer and even death, a new government report has revealed.
An EPA inspector general report said that people with asthma and heart problems were exposed to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, with levels reaching up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans, according to the DailyCaller.
The EPA did get consent forms for the five experiments conducted between 2010 and 2011 that looked at the health risks of particulate matter, but the forms didn’t mention the risks. “Exposure risks were not always consistently represented,” the report said. Of the five experiments that were conducted, only two actually disclosed the health risks, according to the report.
“Further, the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies’ consent forms,” the IG’s report noted. “An EPA manager considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures” but “human subjects were not informed of this risk in the consent form.”
According to the report, three of the studies exposed people to high levels of particulate matter and two of the studies exposed people to high levels of diesel exhaust and ozone. As the Caller reports, diesel exhaust contains 40 toxic air contaminants of which 19 are known carcinogens, and the EPA is constantly warning people of the risks of particulate matter yet downplayed its risks for this study.
“This lack of warning about PM,” the IG’s report notes, “is also different from the EPA’s public image about PM.”
When trying to push a climate change agenda, the very people who allowed this study spoke out publicly about the effects of these pollutants.
“Particulate matter causes premature death. It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should,” former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson told Congress on Sept. 22, 2011.
She also said that “If we could reduce particulate matter to healthy levels it would have the same impact as finding a cure for cancer in our country.”
The Caller reports that nobody died during any of the experiments, however one woman was told to go to the hospital after being exposed.
A 58-year-old obese woman with a family history of heart disease and medical problems was exposed to “ambient air pollution particles” and told to go to the hospital and get checked out back in 2010.
Another subject developed a persistent cough after being exposed to high levels of ozone for 15 minutes and two other subjects suffered from “cardiac arrhythmias” during 2010 testing after being exposed to “clean air.”