Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin’s agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations.

The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.
These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans.
The EPA conducted five experiments in 2010 and 2011 to look at the health effects of particulate matter, or PM, and diesel exhaust on humans. The IG’s report found that the EPA did get consent forms from 81 people in five studies. But the IG also found that “exposure risks were not always consistently represented.”
“Further, the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies’ consent forms,” the IG’s report noted. “An EPA manager considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures” but “human subjects were not informed of this risk in the consent form.”
According to the IG’s report, “only one of five studies’ consent forms provided the subject with information on the upper range of the pollutant” they would be exposed to, but even more alarming is that only “two of five alerted study subjects to the risk of death for older individuals with cardiovascular disease.”
Three of the studies exposed people to high levels of PM and two of the studies exposed people to high levels of diesel exhaust and ozone. Diesel exhaust contains 40 toxic air contaminants, including 19 that are known carcinogens and PM. The EPA has publicly warned of the dangers of PM, but seemed to downplay them in their scientific studies on humans.
“This lack of warning about PM,” the IG’s report notes, “is also different from the EPA’s public image about PM.”
The EPA has been operating under the assumption that PM is deadly for years now. The IG’s report points to a 2003 EPA document that says short-term exposure to PM can result in heart attacks and arrhythmias for people with heart disease — and long-term exposure can result in reduced lung function and even death. A 2006 review by the EPA presents even further links between short-term PM exposure and “mortality and morbidity.”
“Particulate matter causes premature death. It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should,” former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson told Congress on Sept. 22, 2011.
“If we could reduce particulate matter to healthy levels it would have the same impact as finding a cure for cancer in our country,” Jackson added.
PM is a “mixture of harmful solid and liquid particles” that the EPA regulates. PM that is 2.5 microns or less is known as PM2.5, which is about “1/30th the thickness of a human hair.” These small particles can get into people’s respiratory system and can harm human health and even lead to death after just short-term exposure.
The EPA set PM2.5 primary standards at 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air on an annual average basis, but the agency exposed test subjects to PM levels of 600 micrograms per cubic meter — 40 times what the EPA sets as an acceptable outdoor air standard.
But in five of the studies, people were subject to levels higher than what they signed on for. The EPA IG found that one person was hit with “pollutant concentrations that reached 751 [micrograms per cubic meter], which exceeded the IRB-approved concentration target of 600 [micrograms per cubic meter].”
The EPA says that when PM2.5 levels are between about 250 and 500 micrograms per cubic meter “[e]veryone should avoid any outdoor exertion. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors.”
No one was killed during the test, but a source close to the issue says that one test subject — a 58-year-old obese woman with medical problems and a family history of heart disease — was ordered to go to the hospital by the EPA after being exposed to “ambient air pollution particles” in October 2010.
Other test subjects also experienced health problems during their testing. One subject developed a persistent cough after being exposed to ozone for 15 minutes in April 2011 and two other subjects suffered from “cardiac arrhythmias” during testing in 2010 after being exposed to “clean air.

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Concerns about repeated exposures to chemical vapors at Hanford prompted a “stop work” order late Monday by two employees of one of the main contractors at the site.

Two-dozen workers have reported medical problems over the past two weeks after breathing chemical vapors. The vapors were detected primarily in the Hanford area that houses large tanks holding radioactive waste.

The order forbids all employees of the contractor — the Mission Support Alliance — from entering the tank farm area or going within 100 yards of it until it is lifted. About 500 workers are affected; MSA performs support jobs at Hanford such as crane operation, truck driving, tank maintenance, security and fire protection.

Fred Rumsey, a shop steward for the Boilermakers Union, is one of the workers who initiated the action. He told KING 5 that MSA workers are “fed up” with the poor communication they’ve received from the U.S. Department of Energy and Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), the contractor that manages the tank operations.

“The rumor mill is going crazy because the Department of Energy isn’t saying anything. WRPS isn’t saying anything. We don’t know what’s going on,” said Rumsey.

The series of chemical vapor reports by Hanford workers started on March 19. Since that day, 24 workers have reported being exposed to potentially harmful vapors and have needed medical attention. Workers reported symptoms such as difficulty breathing, nose bleeds, severe headaches, coughing, tremors and rapid heartbeat.

“Communication between the contractors out here is horrible. We’ve had enough of it and are going to hold their feet to the fire. We’ve been complaining about it for years,” said Rumsey. “We never want anyone to be put in harm’s way. We said, ‘Until you start telling us what’s going on, we’re not going in there.’ We’re making them prove to us what they’re doing to protect us.”

Stop work actions can be initiated by any Hanford employee. It is considered a duty and a responsibility to do so when a worker believes conditions are a threat to workers or the public.

Rumsey said most workers are reluctant to call a work stop for fear of retaliation from their employers. He said there two conditions must be met to lift the order: The first is a series of presentations for MSA workers led by WRPS staff and designed to disseminate correct and timely information about the vapor incidents. These briefings began on Monday, Rumsey said.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A special team will descend to the very bottom of the WIPP site Tuesday, trying to set up a base camp inside the leaking nuclear waste mine.

They will be the first humans to enter the lower underground tunnels since a radiation leak contaminated 21 workers last month.

This first re-entry team will survey an area at the bottom of one vertical shaft.

Officials believe this part of the mine will be clear of contamination because it is where air enters from the surface.

Teams plan to eventually reach the spot where the leak occurred and seal it

Missing equipment delays WIPP teams
By Kim VallezUpdated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:18 am

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews were supposed to go underground Tuesday into the WIPP site for the first time following February’s radiological leak, but there’s been another delay.

A team of eight workers were supposed to descend into the mine to first establish a safe base of operations and check for airborne contamination before a second team entered.

But the lapel monitors that hook to the workers clothing did not arrive in time. It’s unclear when they will.

KRQE News 13 did learn Monday that four more workers have tested positive for radiation exposure from the Feb. 14 leak. That adds up to 21 workers in all.

They all continue to undergo health screenings to ensure there are no long-term effects.

WIPP crews descend underground

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews were finally able to go underground at WIPP Wednesday.

It’s the first time anyone has been below since February’s radiation leak.

Two, eight person teams suited up and entered a mine through a salt handling shaft.

They report they didn’t detect any airborne radiation.

Wednesday’s entry and findings is the first step into figuring out what caused the radiation leak where 21 workers were exposed to radiation.

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