The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been backing experiments which exposed humans to concentrated levels of pollutants. The studies exposed subjects, including children, to levels which are known by agency to be unsafe.
A National Academies of Science (NAS) committee has approved the EPA’s continued handling of “controlled human inhalation exposure,” saying the research is “consistent with and indicative of ethical approaches,” and “important for future” regulations on air quality.
Critics are saying that the NAS review misses the fundamental problems with EPA procedures. “As I predicted, the NAS report of the EPA human experiments program was a complete whitewash,” said Steve Milloy, the publisher of the blog Junkscience.com.
The blogger spoke with the Daily Caller:
Milloy has been pushing against junk science for decades as a lawyer, environmental scientist and lobbyist. Milloy has called into question EPA claims that some air pollutants, particularly fine particulate matter, kills people even after short-term exposure.
Through research, Milloy found EPA had been exposing Americans to air pollutants the agency said can cause premature death, including ozone, diesel exhaust and particulate matter. The EPA IG’s 2014 audit of agency-funded human experiments found they broke no laws, but also found “exposure risks were not always consistently represented.”
The EPA’s research is likely to be curtailed as a result of reduced funding by the Trump administration.
A National Academies of Science (NAS) committee ruled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should continue to conduct studies exposing humans to air pollutants the agency claims causes premature death.
The committee found that “EPA’s procedures are consistent with and indicative of ethical approaches to human-subjects research” and provided “unique information” that’s “important for future” air quality regulations.
EPA asked NAS to review its handling of “Controlled human inhalation exposure” after the agency’s inspector general issued a report on such experiments in 2014. EPA-