by Michael Bastashe, The Daily Caller:
The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) met five times behind closed doors this past year to discuss the possibility of reviving Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) experiments exposing humans to harmful air pollutants.
NAS is examining the findings of a 2014 EPA inspector general reporting, which found the agency had exposed human test subjects to ostensibly deadly air pollutants without disclosing the risk of death or the total amounts of pollutants subjects would have to inhale.
But the lack of public participation in the study has Steve Milloy worried EPA could be trying to revive its “potentially illegal” testing regime, which has exposed children, asthmatics and people with heart disease to concentrated doses of pollutants.
ut the lack of public participation in the study has Steve Milloy worried EPA could be trying to revive its “potentially illegal” testing regime, which has exposed children, asthmatics and people with heart disease to concentrated doses of pollutants.
“Despite that the EPA has believed since 2004 that PM2.5 can cause near-immediate death, it never disclosed that belief of that to any study subject,” wrote Milloy, who is the publisher of the blog JunkScience.com and a senior fellow at the Energy & Environment Legal Institute.
NAS has held five meetings about EPA’s human testing program, but none of the meetings were posted on NAS’ calendar of activities. Four of the five meetings were closed to the public. EPA appears to have attended the first NAS meeting in June 2015, but it’s unclear who sat in on the closed door meetings held since.
NAS meetings assessed “the potential health risks to test subjects who participated in recent studies of air pollutants at EPA’s clinical research facility and comment on the degree of actual risk imposed by the exposures in those studies.”
Milloy has reason to be concerned about the non-publicized meetings, as it was his research that spurred the EPA IG to investigate the agency’s human testing practices. While the IG did not say EPA was breaking the law, they did note “exposure risks were not always consistently represented.”
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