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