Senator Calls For Hearings On Allegations EPA Conducted 'Illegal Human Experiments'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | October 1, 2012 | 6:11 PM EDT

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is calling for immediate hearings regarding a lawsuit alleging the EPW is conducting illegal human experiments by exposing people to concentrated high levels of substances the EPA has deemed carcinogenic.

In a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. Inhofe cites a lawsuit against the EPA filed by the American Tradition Institute (ATI):

“As I understand from the complaint, the EPA exposed dozens of human subjects, many of whom were health impaired (e.g., asthma, metabolic syndrome, elderly) to concentrated high level doses of substances like fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and diesel exhaust, which EPA has previously and officially determined can kill people and cause cancer.”

If true, “the EPA may be criminally liable for its conduct,” Sen. Inhofe says.

Citing a June 2005 report, ‘Human Pesticide Experiments,’ Inhofe says “[T]he EPA’s conduct may violate laws, regulations and ethical standards set for the protection of human subjects.”

In a separate statement announcing the letter, Sen. Inhofe says he "finds it extremely disturbing the EPA may have conducted illegal human experiments."

Inhofe says he is calling for the committee to take prompt action: "I am calling on Senator Boxer to hold hearings on this matter immediately when Congress returns.  As the Committee of oversight over EPA, it is crucial that we get to the bottom of this and hold EPA accountable."

“[I]f these allegations of human experiments are true, it just validates the problem that the Obama-EPA's mission is not about public health,” Inhofe concludes.

According to ATI’s complaint: “In experiments conducted by EPA employees and approved by an EPA contractor serving as an Institutional Review Board, EPA has unethically, immorally, repeatedly and ultimately illegally exposed human subjects to PM2.5, a pollutant EPA states is lethal and can cause death within hours of exposure without informing the human subjects of this fact.”

The ATI complaint cites the example of Landon Huffman, one of its members, it alleges “participated in human experimentation conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency” and that Landon “received a consent form that did not explain that he would be exposed to something that the EPA claims to be lethal.”

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