Watchdog report: EPA didn’t properly disclose noxious pollutant risks to study participants

posted at 7:21 pm on April 2, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The Environmental Protection Agency has a long-established reputation for what I suppose we might call “conscientious neglect.” That zealous bureaucracy is chock-full of expertise in so many areas, including cutting corners with transparency requirements; routinely overstepping the bounds of their regulatory authority; systematically ignoring the negative economic impacts whilst exaggerating the environmental benefits of their many proposed regulations; attempting to sneak costly rule changes into the books beneath the radar; and failing to root out the corruption and fraud in their own midst in an even remotely timely fashion.

But this… this could be a new low. Via The Hill:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not consistently disclose health risks to human test subjects it used to study the risks of pollutants, sometimes keeping information about cancer possibilities from participants, the agency’s internal watchdog said Wednesday.

The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the agency obtained the proper approvals from participants before exposing them to airborne exhaust and diesel pollutants, including particulate matter, in 2010 and 2011. However, the consent forms were inconsistent in their disclosures and did not warn of potential long-term risks of exposure to the gases.

“This was because they only planned to perform short-term exposures and the risk of getting cancer from a single two-hour exposure was minimal,” the OIG said, citing information from an EPA manager who said health risks are calculated for 40 years of exposure.The OIG found that the agency’s research estimated a three in one billion chance of cancer from exposure.

“In our view, the agency should inform study subjects of any potential cancer risks of a pollutant to which they are being exposed so that study subjects can make the most informed decision possible about whether to participate in a study,” the report said.

Ahem… the Environmental Protection Agency specializes in analyzing the risks of various pollutants and aggressively informing the public about them, does it not? And it can’t quite manage to exercise that same level of meticulousness in their own scientific studies? Good one, guys.


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Bait & switch

LeftCoastRight on April 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

Ronald Reagan

31giddyup on April 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

…abolish it!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Criminal prosecutions.

rbj on April 2, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Obama is going to be pissed when he hears this on MSNBS tonight.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

This is what happens when you grant government “sovereign immunity”.

ConstantineXI on April 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Fascists is as Fascist does…

workingclass artist on April 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM

OT but related…

“Crackdown ordered on climate-change skeptics in UK

Ministers who question the majority view among scientists about climate change should “shut up” and instead repeat the Government line on the issue, according to MPs.
The BBC should also give less airtime to climate sceptics and its editors should seek special clearance to interview them, according to the Commons Science and Technology Committee….”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/article4051905.ece

workingclass artist on April 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Don’t they at the EPA always claim that any level of exposure to a potential carcinogen is unacceptable?

If the consent forms did not include the statement that “this study will expose you to levels of potential carcinogens that are judged unacceptable by the EPA”, then the people who ran and approved the study should be charged with attempted murder, or at least reckless endangerment.

s1im on April 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

…and the Progressives want to prosecute some spooks for WATERBOARDING? How about Nuremburg-style trials for EPA researchers who treated humans more cavalierly than animals?

theCork on April 2, 2014 at 7:49 PM

OT…Name that Party…

“The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud.

765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.
The second point is key, as double voting is election fraud under state and federal statutes. Punishment for double voting in federal elections can include jail time.

http://weaselzippers.us/181547-massive-voter-fraud-discovered-in-north-carolina-more-than-35k-with-same-first-and-last-name-dob-voted-in-2012-election/

workingclass artist on April 2, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Rotten to the core.

Flange on April 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Fascism is alive and well. This is sickening. What next, the ovens?

John the Libertarian on April 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM

765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.
The second point is key, as double voting is election fraud under state and federal statutes. Punishment for double voting in federal elections can include jail time.

D*mned Tea Party.
Is there NO low to which they will not stoop, to advance their intolerant racist agenda?

orangemtl on April 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Tuskegee Re-Dux

BobMbx on April 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Tuskegee Re-Dux

BobMbx on April 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I was going to say that.

Ve vere just following orders!

Murphy9 on April 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

If the EPA believed that short term exposure to those toxins would have no effect, why did they conduct this useless study in the first place? What’s the point, except the one on their collective heads? Next to every other department in this most corrupt of Administrations, this one rates right at the top for needed closure, with those activities being returned to the States, where the authority should lie. Oh, and before the move, delete every damned rule on the books.

vnvet on April 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

The Nazis performed all kinds of gruesome procedures on the Jews to further their medical knowledge. This is no different…just a bunch of patriots trying to improve Obamacare.

trs on April 2, 2014 at 9:07 PM

WTF??? So we have Dr. Mengele working at the EPA?

Blaise on April 2, 2014 at 9:14 PM

And this from the same agency that screams that exposure to just ONE incident of second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer thousands of times.

GarandFan on April 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

They even used children.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Government carrying out experiments on people. Makes me nervous.

Herb on April 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM

EPA: We used children in the study because…
It’s FOR the children

RedManBlueState on April 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

So where are all the trolls?

No one to defend the vaunted EPA?

The whole purpose of the test was to find further ways for them to ban diesel and other fossil based fuels. The government won’t stop till we can’t move freely and have no weapons with which to revolt.

Hunger Games is far more prescient than most low information voters realize.

Neitherleftorright on April 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM

The feds have been performing illegal studies on innocent citizens for years. Some of the most notorious are the nuclear tests on US soldiers, feeding radiation to retarded orphans in Massachusetts, CIA LSD experiments with unknowing participants, and these EPA experiments. Children cannot give their consent to this type of illegal abuse and even the adults were lied to about what the EPA considers fatal levels of contaminants, and the participants were given many levels above what is considered a fatal exposure.

All of this was made public at junkscience.com about 2 years ago.

The people responsible for these in-human experiments and the people who carried them out should be charged with crimes against humanity and executed. They are no different then the Nazi Dr. Mengele.

earlgrey on April 3, 2014 at 2:11 PM