EPA’s Federal Register announcement of the new PM2.5 air quality standards contains flat-out falsehoods about the agency’s human testing program.
For example, the EPA excludes from its controlled human exposure studies involving exposure to PM2.5 any individual with a significant risk factor for experiencing adverse effects from such exposure. Thus, the EPA excludes a priori the following categories of persons: those with a history of angina, cardiac arrhythmias, and ischemic myocardial infarction or coronary bypass surgery; those with a cardiac pacemaker; those with uncontrolled hypertension (greater than 150 systolic and 90 diastolic); those with neurogenetive diseases; those with a history of bleeding diathesis; those taking betablockers; those using oral anticoagulants; those who are pregnant, attempting to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; those who have experienced a respiratory infection within four weeks of exposure; those experiencing eye or abdominal surgery within six weeks of exposure; those with active allergies; those with a history of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, rheumatologic diseases, immunodeficiency state, known cardiovascular disease, or chronic respiratory diseases; smokers. The EPA “Application for Independent Review Board Approval of Human Subjects Research: Cardiopulmonary Effects of healthy Older GSTM1 Null and Sufficient individuals to Concentrated Ambient Air Particles (CAPTAIN)”, Nov. 9, 2011, p. 9. [Emphasis added]
An example of the falsity of this assertion was reported yesterday in “EPA-funded University of Rochester researchers test deadly air pollutant on diabetics.” Documents also show that EPA researchers or EPA-funded researchers have experimented on asthmatics and people with heart disease. EPA-funded researchers at the University of Rochester apparently have experimented on patients recovering from heart attacks.
How arrogant is EPA? Despite that:
- The EPA is in litigation in federal court about the legality of its human experimentation;
- Its Inspector General is investigating the agency at the request of Congress;
- Sen. Inhofe has asked for a Senate hearing on the EPA experimentation;
- The North Carolina Medical Board is investigating several EPA physicians involved in the experimentation; and
- The University of North carolina is conducting a review of its involvement in the EPA experimentation,
the agency thinks it can get away with making blatantly false statements in the Federal Register.