Through a tube leading from a diesel truck’s exhaust pipe into a laboratory, Huffman breathed air mixed with the diesel exhaust at high concentration. Over the course of a year, EPA paid him $3,000, implying that he was exposed for a combined 250 hours.
Applicable law prohibits experiments in which people are put at risk of serious injury or death not offset by possible health (not merely monetary) benefits to themselves, but no health benefits appear to have accrued to experiment participants.
Further, law requires informed written consent of any persons put at risk of death in experiments. But although EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told Congress on September 22, 2011, “Particulate matter causes premature death. It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should,” and EPA documents specify
that acute and chronic exposure to PM2.5 can cause “various adverse cardiopulmonary effects including mortality [emphasis added] …,” the consent forms given to Huffman and others did not mention mortality (death) as a risk.
The EPA wants to impose stringent new regulations on PM2.5, that is, particulate matter (dust of various compositions) down to 2.5 micrometers (about 1/72nd to 1/7th the diameter of a human hair) because it allegedly constitutes a grave health risk to those who inhale it.
So which is it? Is the EPA grossly exaggerating the risk from PM2.5 in documents it uses to justify its stringent emission regulations, but not subjecting experiment volunteers to risk of death? Or is it truthfully stating the risk in justifying its regulations, but failing to obtain required informed consent in potentially fatal experiments that are illegal anyway?
In either case, the EPA is doing something dreadfully wrong, and possibly illegal.
The American Tradition Institute Environmental Law Center has sued the EPA over the experimental program
on behalf of Huffman and other experiment subjects.
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Landmark Documents from the Cornwall Alliance
- Protecting the Unborn and the Pro-Life Movement from a Misleading Environmentalist Tactic
A Joint Statement by Pro-Life Leaders (2012)
- The Cost of Good Intentions: The Ethics and Economics of the War on Conventional Energy (2011)
- An Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming (2009) and Prominent Signers
- A Renewed Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Examination of the Theology, Science, and Economics of Global Warming (2009)
- The Cornwall Stewardship Agenda (2007)
- An Open Letter to the Signers of "Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action," and Others Concerned About Global Warming (2006, superseded by Evangelical Declaration)
- A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming (2006; superseded by Renewed Call to Truth) and Endorsers
- An Examination of the Scientific, Ethical, and Theological Implications of Climate Change Policy (2005)
- The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship (2000) and Prominent Signers
E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Founder and National Spokesman
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