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‘No Safe Level of Exposure’: EPA’s Human Experiments With Particulate Matter

August 24, 2016

EPA-funded studies at a number of universities raise troubling questions concerning whether participants could truly give “informed consent,” based on the information they were provided.

Human tests funded by EPA to determine the health effects of short-term and long-term exposure to particulate matter violate national and international law and ethical norms of scientific research. Many of the people recruited for the studies were those EPA claims are most at risk from harm from inhaling PM 2.5, the elderly, asthmatics, diabetics, people with heart disease and children. 

Researchers failed to advise subjects EPA says the pollution they were to breathe was toxic, carcinogenic and deadly. Despite test subjects being exposed up PM concentrations up to sixty times more concentrated in volume than what EPA claims is dangerous lethal, scientists told the participants, they might experience minor airway irritation, wheezing or shortness of breath. Under these conditions, no one could reasonably conclude the subjects of the experiments could give their informed consent.

Steve Milloy is a recognized leader in the fight against junk science with more than 25 years of accomplishment and experience. He is also a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. @JunkScience