EPA ex­per­i­ment ex­ag­ger­ated dan­ger of out­door pol­lu­tants.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s hu­man ex­per­i­ment pro­gram ex­ag­ger­ated the dan­ger of out­door pol­lu­tants

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Mil­loy Steve Mil­loy pub­lishes JunkS­cience.com and is the au­thor of “Scare Pol­lu­tion: Why and How to Fix the EPA” (Bench Press, 2016).

Acon­tro­versy that first ap­peared in these pages five years ago, came to an end last week. The Na­tional Academy of Sciences (NAS) con­cluded that hu­man ex­per­i­ments with air pol­lu­tants con­ducted by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) were not dan­ger­ous — mean­ing EPA has been ly­ing to the public and Congress for years about the ex­treme dan­ger of the “pol­lu­tants” in ques­tion.

In April 2012, I broke the news that EPA had been qui­etly con­duct­ing hu­man ex­per­i­ments with cer­tain out­door pol­lu­tants that EPA had claimed were, es­sen­tially, the most toxic sub­stances on Earth. EPA had re­peat­edly claimed since at least 2004 that any level of in­hala­tion of fine par­tic­u­late mat­ter emit­ted from smoke­stacks and tailpipes could cause death within hours or days. The old, young and sick were most vul­ner­a­ble, ac­cord­ing to EPA.

The rea­son EPA con­ducted the ex­per­i­ments, as ad­mit­ted in lit­i­ga­tion with me, was to try to hurt the study sub­jects in or­der to val­i­date its un­re­li­able sta­tis­ti­cal stud­ies it claimed showed par­tic­u­late mat­ter was as­so­ci­ated with death. So the agency con­structed a gas cham­ber at the Univer­sity of North Carolina School of Medicine into which it placed its hu­man guinea pigs and pumped in diesel ex­haust (from a truck idling out­side), other con­cen­trated forms of par­tic­u­late mat­ter, smog, com­bi­na­tions thereof, and even chlo­rine gas (like that used in World War I trench war­fare).

If EPA was cor­rect in its as­sess­ment of the par­tic­u­late mat­ter’s lethal­ity, then the ex­per­i­ments con­ducted on hu­man sub­jects would be patently il­le­gal and the physi­cians in­volved would be guilty of many hun­dreds of counts of felony bat­tery. The only way EPA and its physi­cians didn’t have such crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity was if par­tic­u­late mat­ter was not as deadly as EPA claimed. In the lat­ter case, EPA would be guilty merely of hav­ing lied to the public and Congress in or­der to ad­vance its reg­u­la­tory agenda. It was a logical box with no third option.

I doggedly pur­sued EPA and its hench­men on these pages and in Congress, in fed­eral court, with state med­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions, with the fed­eral Office of Sci­en­tific In­tegrity, at the Pres­i­den­tial Bioethics Com­mis­sion and more. Fi­nally in March 2014, the EPA’s Office of In­spec­tor Gen­eral is­sued a re­port con­firm­ing my al­le­ga­tions and pro­duc­ing world­wide head­lines.

But rather than ad­mit­ting to ei­ther con­duct­ing crim­i­nal ex­per­i­ments or ly­ing to Congress and the public about par­tic­u­late mat­ter, the EPA se­cretly hired the Na­tional Academy of Sciences to white­wash its own in­spec­tor gen­eral’s re­port in hopes of lay­ing the scan­dal to rest and con­tin­u­ing the ex­per­i­ments. I only found out about the EPA-NAS project in June 2016, af­ter the NAS had ba­si­cally wrapped up its ef­forts.

With the help of these pages, I was able to ex­pose the at­tempted covert white­wash and force the NAS to re-open its re­view. The NAS then held a spe­cial public meet­ing at which sev­eral of my col­leagues and I tes­ti­fied about the logical box in which EPA had im­pris­oned it­self. At the hear­ing, it be­came clear that the fix was in for EPA.

The com­mit­tee mem­bers ex­hib­ited no in­ter­est in the doc­u­mented ev­i­dence we pre­sented. They asked no ques­tions about the ev­i­dence and un­der­took no fol­low-up — even though they were shown doc­u­ments in­di­cat­ing EPA had with­held ev­i­dence from, and oth­er­wise ma­te­ri­ally mis­led the com­mit­tee. That the fix was in came as no sur­prise as the NAS board mem­bers that or­ga­nized the com­mit­tee were two-thirds ei­ther EPA cronies or agency re­search grantees. We did, how­ever, force the NAS com­mit­tee to hold at least one more closed meet­ing. One can only imag­ine what was dis­cussed: “What do we do now? Do we con­clude that the EPA com­mit­ted mul­ti­ple felonies or merely lied to the public?” So this week, we got the an­swer.

The NAS com­mit­tee did the only thing a gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion could do — bless the EPA’s hu­man ex­per­i­ments and hope the agency could ride out the ob­vi­ous but un­spo­ken con­clu­sion that it had lied to the public and Congress about the dan­gers of par­tic­u­late mat­ter. So when the first Obama EPA ad­min­is­tra­tor, Lisa Jack­son, tes­ti­fied to Congress that “Par­tic­u­late mat­ter causes pre­ma­ture death. It does not make you sick. It is di­rectly causal to dy­ing sooner than you should,” that was a lie, one com­pounded by her next false claim that par­tic­u­late mat­ter kills about 570,000 Amer­i­cans per year. When the sec­ond Obama EPA ad­min­is­tra­tor, Gina Mc­Carthy, wrote to Congress; chief out­side EPA sci­ence ad­viser Jonathan Samet wrote in the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine; and EPA-paid univer­sity re­searchers work­ing with the Amer­i­can heart As­so­ci­a­tion said that there was no safe ex­po­sure to par­tic­u­late mat­ter those too were lies.

As it turns out, the only time EPA told the truth about par­tic­u­late mat­ter was when it told its hu­man guinea pigs that the ex­per­i­ments were harm­less. Mean­while the Obama EPA used the phony killer par­tic­u­late mat­ter scare — backed by al­most $600 mil­lion in ut­terly fraud­u­lent sci­en­tific re­search and fu­eled with se­cret sci­en­tific data — to vir­tu­ally wipe out the U.S. coal in­dus­try, se­verely harm­ing coal min­ers, their fam­i­lies and their com­mu­ni­ties.

Who is go­ing to prison over this? So far, no one. But we can al­ways hope jus­tice will be done. Mean­while, the irony is that, de­spite the green light from the Na­tional Academy of Sciences com­mit­tee, the point­less EPA hu­man ex­per­i­ments pro­gram is likely on the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s bud­getary chop­ping block. It’s hard to imag­ine Pres­i­dent Trump bor­row­ing money from China to fund EPA’s point­less ex­per­i­ments on the young, old and sick in its twisted gas cham­ber.

The Obama EPA used the phony killer par­tic­u­late mat­ter scare — backed by al­most $600 mil­lion in ut­terly fraud­u­lent sci­en­tific re­search and fu­eled with se­cret sci­en­tific data — to vir­tu­ally wipe out the U.S. coal in­dus­try.

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