UMichigan doc renounces human testing on air pollutant following JunkScience pressure

From Detroit News’ Henry Payne:

At the University of Michigan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been funding experiments on human beings to determine the effect of particulate pollution on their health. The tests are similar to others around the country that use mobile units to pump in filtered exhaust to labs exposing paid subjects to so-called PM2.5 particulates.

Trouble is, the same EPA that funds the studies claims that any exposure to PM2.5 particulates can be deadly…

In an interview, Brook says that the tests he has conducted were board-reviewed and exposed human subjects to unharmful, low levels of particulate matter less than what “tyou would receive from 1 or 2 puffs on a cigarette.” Indeed, control groups can be crucial to scientific knowledge.

But Brook’s argument that there are levels of risk to PM2.5 exposure contradicts EPA claims that there is no safe level of exposure.

Using test results from its university-funded research, EPA is now setting particulate levels so low — from the current 15 micrograms per cubic meter to 12 mcg — that critics say they have no effect on human health even as they costs jobs and billions in industry compliance.

The EPA has justified its new Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards on the basis of risk assessment that PM2.5 can kill within hours of exposure. Yet, its disclaimer to human subjects says merely that “you may experience some minor degree of airway irritation, cough or shortness of breath or wheezing.”

Brook says that — while he has received EPA approval to conduct more testing — he is not going to conduct further experiments, though he says it has nothing to do with Milloy’s complaint. “I’m not going to do (these tests) because I don’t believe in exposing people,” says Brook. “I’ve shown PM2.5 is bad for you”…

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6 thoughts on “UMichigan doc renounces human testing on air pollutant following JunkScience pressure”

  1. Today nobody can believe anything anyone has to say from any scientific or public health or government run agency. The scientific process is officially NULL and Void!

  2. Prof. Rust you will find as Im sure you already know EPA has become and likely always was an activist camp of junk scientists from the Sierra Club and Green Peace. Simply look at everything they have been involved in over the decades. EPA ETS STUDY lowered CI levels to 90% to up the RRs tossing out studies showing no effect!

    Junk Science is the rule today in anything at all just fill in the blank!

    Epidemiologists Vote to Keep Doing Junk Science
    Epidemiologists Vote to Keep Doing Junk Science

    Epidemiology Monitor (October 1997)

    An estimated 300 attendees a recent meeting of the American College of
    Epidemiology voted approximately 2 to 1 to keep doing junk science!

    Specifically, the attending epidemiologists voted against a motion
    proposed in an Oxford-style debate that “risk factor” epidemiology is
    placing the field of epidemiology at risk of losing its credibility.

    Risk factor epidemiology focuses on specific cause-and-effect
    relationships–like heavy coffee drinking increases heart attack risk. A
    different approach to epidemiology might take a broader
    perspective–placing heart attack risk in the context of more than just
    one risk factor, including social factors.

    Risk factor epidemiology is nothing more than a perpetual junk science machine.

    But as NIEHS epidemiologist Marilyn Tseng said “It’s hard to be an
    epidemiologist and vote that what most of us are doing is actually harmful
    to epidemiology.”

    But who really cares about what they’re doing to epidemiology. I thought
    it was public health that mattered!

    we have seen the “SELECTIVE” blindness disease that
    Scientist have practiced over the past ten years. Seems the only color they
    see is GREEN BACKS, it’s a very infectious disease that has spread through
    the Scientific community with the same speed that any infectious disease
    would spread. And has affected the T(thinking) Cells as well as sight.

    Seems their eyes see only what their paid to see. To be honest, I feel
    after the Agent Orange Ranch Hand Study, and the Slutz and Nutz Implant
    Study, they have cast a dark shadow over their profession of being anything
    other than traveling professional witnesses for corporate hire with a lack
    of moral concern to their obligation of science and truth.

    The true “Risk Factor” is a question of ; will they ever be able to earn
    back the respect of their profession as an Oath to Science, instead of
    corporate paid witnesses with selective vision?
    Oh, if this seems way harsh, it’s nothing compared to the damage of peoples
    lives that selective blindness has caused!

    The rise of a pseudo-scientific links lobby

    Every day there seems to be a new study making a link between food, chemicals or lifestyle and ill-health. None of them has any link with reality.

  3. Head of E.P.A. Bars Nazi Data In Study on Gas

    By PHILIP SHABECOFF, Special to the New York Times
    Published: March 23, 1988
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    The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, alerted by a letter of protest from agency scientists, has barred from an E.P.A. report on a toxic gas any data that the Nazis acquired in experiments on concentration camp prisoners.

    Then they go and do their own HUMAN TESTING ANYWAY after being against nazi testing ehh!
    The EPA’s Disturbing Human Experiments | FrontPage…/the-epas-disturbing-human-experimen…‎Oct 2, 2012 – The experiments were conducted at EPA’s Human Studies Facility at the … that exposure to fine particulate matter of 2.5 microns–or less–was lethal. … EPA actually has pictures of this gas chamber, a clear plastic pipe stuck …

    Lawsuit seeks injunction against EPA “gas chamber”‎Nov 27, 2012 – Lawsuit seeks injunction against EPA “gas chamber” experiments … The experiments involve gassing human subjects with PM2.5. The New …

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  4. EPA needs to have their feet held to the fire. They make ridiculous claims of health hazards from low level exposure to pollution and say this level of exposure is fatal. Then ask for experiments to see the exposures are not dangerous. Make them recant their ridiculous assertions.
    James H. Rust, Professor of nuclear engineering.

  5. I can’t help but wonder if the seeming increase in human testing might be due to pressure from the Animal Rights activist?

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