Washington, DC – (Sep. 24) JunkScience.com announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been sued in federal court for conducting illegal life- and health-threatening scientific experiments on human subjects.
Based on information uncovered by JunkScience.com publisher and public health consultant Steve Milloy through the Freedom of Information Act, the nonprofit American Tradition Institute Environmental Law Center (ATI) sued EPA in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Among other things, the lawsuit asks for:
- EPA to be barred from conducting illegal life-and health-threatening experiments;
- a formal investigation of EPA’s human experiments; and for
- regulations based on the illegal experiments to be suspended pending an investigation.
“EPA has broken every law and violated every standard established since World War II and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments for the protection of human subjects in scientific experiments,” said Milloy. “That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience,” Milloy added.
Based on thousands of pages of documents, many obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the lawsuit alleges that EPA intentionally exposed at least dozens of unhealthy human study subjects to concentrated and elevated levels of air pollutants that EPA has determined are lethal, highly toxic and/or carcinogenic, including fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and diesel exhaust.
Many of the study subjects were health-impaired – that is, suffering from asthma or metabolic syndrome. Many were elderly, possibly as old as 75 years. “The purpose of the experiments,” noted Milloy, “was often simply to see what would happen when health-impaired people inhaled highly toxic substances.”
The experiments, which have been conducted with the assistance of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, are ongoing.
At least one study subject — a 58-year old obese woman with personal and family histories of heart disease — was hospitalized on an emergency basis as a result of the EPA experiments, according to the EPA researchers involved.
In addition to the fundamentally illegal nature of intentionally exposing human subjects to life- and health-threatening substances, none of the study subjects were informed by EPA that, according to the EPA’s own scientific assessments, the experiments could have killed them within hours of their breathing the PM2.5 or diesel exhaust. None of the study subjects were told that EPA also believes PM2.5 and diesel exhaust to be cancer-causing. EPA failed to halt the experiments or amend its consent documents after the 58-year old woman was hospitalized.
“EPA has repeatedly determined and stated that there is no safe exposure to PM2.5 or diesel exhaust,” said Milloy. “EPA administrator Lisa Jackson testified to Congress in September 2011 that “Particulate matter causes premature death. It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to you dying sooner than you should,” and that 25% of all deaths in the U.S. are caused by particulate matter.
“In the context of rules established after scientific horrors of World War II and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments,” Milloy noted, “the notion that EPA would pipe high levels of PM2.5 and diesel exhaust into the lungs of unhealthy people to see what would happen is simply appalling.”
The lawsuit and documents exposing the EPA’s illegal experimentation may be found at the dedicated website, EPAHumanTesting.com.
JunkScience.com is published by Steven J. Milloy, Inc., an environmental and public health consulting firm. Mr. Milloy is a biostatistician and attorney who has been a leader in the fight against the misuse and abuse of science for more than 20 years.
- Complaint in American Tradition Institute v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. District Court, Easter District of Virginia No. 1:12-cv-1066)
- ATI media release
- Guided tour of EPAHumanTesting.com