JunkScience gets major win in campaign against EPA human experiments

We have spoiled the EPA’s effort to covertly whitewash its illegal human experiments via the National Academy of Sciences.

The background is explained in the Washington Times article below.

The win is that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has invited Steve Milloy, John Dunn and Stan Young to each make a 30-minute presentation to the very NAS committee EPA tried to have whitewash its illegal human experiments.

The presentations will be made via webinar on August 24 at 1pm. So the public is invited to join in. Click for the details.

Stay tuned for webinar details.

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The EPA’s secret whitewash
The agency enlists an elite group of scientists to rubber stamp illegal experiments

By Steve Milloy
Washington Times, July 24, 2016

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is trying to use the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to cover-up the agency’s illegal science experiments on humans.

Four years ago I broke the story in this paper that the EPA was conducting illegal toxicity experiments on human beings. In short, the EPA intentionally exposed hundreds of humans in a gas chamber to exceedingly high levels of air pollutants like diesel exhaust, soot and smog in hopes of causing serious health effects that the agency could point to as justification for its costly and stringent outdoor air quality standards. Study subjects included the elderly (up to age 80), asthmatics, diabetics and people with heart disease — the very people EPA claims are most susceptible to air pollution. EPA failed to tell these study subjects it believed the experiments could cause death.

The experiments were fundamentally unethical and illegal as federal law prohibits treating humans as guinea pigs, especially for the mere purpose of advancing an agency’s regulatory agenda. Extra illegality was added by the agency’s failure to inform its human guinea pigs that it believed the experiments could kill them.

After a series of articles in this paper, Freedom of Information Act requests and a federal lawsuit, Congress got involved by asking the EPA inspector general to review the allegations. The EPA inspector general eventually issued a March 2014 report in which it confirmed my allegations, including that the EPA had failed to inform the study subjects that EPA believed the experiments might kill them.

Fast forward to this summer when I received a startling tip from a source that the National Academy of Sciences had undertaken a review of the EPA’s human experiments. As it turns out, however, the NAS process isn’t really a review — it’s an EPA-instigated effort to whitewash EPA’s illegal conduct. Worse, the whitewash has been conducted, like the EPA’s experiments, pretty much in secret.

The EPA was undoubtedly stung by the inspector general report that produced major media headlines such as the Associated Press’ “EPA Fails to Disclose Risks in Human Tests” and The New York Times’ “EPA Faulted for Failure to Report Risks. To erase its wrongdoing, the EPA went the only place where it could control the outcome, the NAS.

Established in 1863 to advance science in America, the NAS has become a prestigious honorary membership group for America’s elite scientists. While the NAS and its membership aren’t directly for hire, the NAS operates an affiliate called the National Research Council (NRC) that is. The NRC gets itself hired by federal agencies in need of independent- and authoritative-appearing reports. So that’s what EPA did. It commissioned the National Research Council to review and paper over its illegal human experiments — in secret.

As the person who instigated the EPA inspector general’s report and is most familiar with EPA’s human experiment skullduggery, I only inadvertently learned of the NAS review in June 2016, more than one year after the NAS committee’s first meeting on June 1, 2015 and about two months after the committee’s fifth and last meeting in April 2016. Of the five committee meetings, only one, the first, is now described by the NAS as open to the public. But it really wasn’t.
There was no public announcement of the June 1, 2015 meeting and the only party to supply the committee with information at the meeting was the EPA. The June 1, 2015 meeting isn’t even listed in the NAS‘ daily calendar for that date. When I asked the NAS staff about the lack of notice, I was told that there was notice on the committee’s web page. But of course, there had been no notice that the committee had been formed in the first place, so how would anyone know to check its web page?

I was able to obtain the materials made available to the committee by the EPA. None of these materials provide any context to the committee concerning the origins of the inspector general report or the context of the EPA human testing scandal. The material in the public docket is both incomplete and much of what’s there is misleading. Even assuming that committee members are acting in good faith, they are certainly acting in the dark.

When I found out about the committee, I contacted NAS staff and was told the committee was already working on its final report. But I was welcome to submit comments to the docket, which I hurriedly did. But I also asked for something else — for the opportunity to make a presentation to the committee. The controversy surrounding EPA’s experiments is complex and summary words appended to the docket just don’t do it justice. I have also written to all committee members asking for the opportunity to make a presentation. But as of yet, I have not even received an acknowledgment of my request.
But I have heard from a reliable source close to the NAS committee that the “fix is in” and EPA is likely to get the clean bill of health for which it is paying.

Now I have dealt with the EPA for over 25 years. As detailed on this page many times, I have come not to expect good faith or honesty from the agency. The NAS on the other hand is a different matter.

The NAS holds itself out as “nation’s pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters.” If that is true, the NAS is certainly doing itself and its elite membership no favors by being paid to conduct a secret and ill-informed whitewashing of EPA’s illegal conduct.

• Steve Milloy publishes JunkScience.com and is a senior legal fellow at the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute.

6 thoughts on “JunkScience gets major win in campaign against EPA human experiments”

  1. CONGRATULATIONS! I will send you an invitation to the London GeoEthics Conference on Global Climate Change, 8-9 September 2016

  2. Great work!! Give ’em both barrels. That is just a saying, I don’t mean you should shoot anyone. If any one is offended I will take it back as soon as I start coughing from PM 2.5

  3. I hope your presentation gets aired, without “technical difficulties” preventing it from happening. I speak from experience, as a presentation I was set to give to a subcommittee of the NH Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission was artfully sabotaged by (pick a few adjectives) staffers who desperately wanted to “Hear No Evil.” What was the “Evil?” The fact that for the last 25 years, Sea-Level in the Gulf of Maine had only risen less than 2/10ths of an inch!

    Kinda pulled the rug out from under the “six foot plus” by the end of the century claptrap being foisted on the public!

  4. The EPA is another of the agencies that was created by laws passed by Congress in a good faith effort to do the right thing for the Citizens of the country. So, what happened? Just as it eventually happens in the case of all governments and government agencies, the power mongering fascists gained control of the agency and in essence declared the Citizens to be the enemy and began to engage in warfare.

    The solution? Dismember and eliminate. It is too broken to even to think about ‘fixing’. F. U. B. A. R.

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