You may recall that Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson submitted her resignation within two weeks of announcement that investigation had begun into illegal use of “alias” email addresses for agency correspondence among Lisa, various subordinates, and extragovernmental organizations. At about the same time, I noted that it’s fairly likely that another investigation will be opened on another front – her diversion of EPA documents to private academics; placing them out of the reach of pesky congressional and FOIA requests. The idea behind this was simple: to regulate, claiming that science was on their side, without ever having to produce supporting documentation.
Those diversions appear to have come too late: a noted advocate for sound science has already received some 3500 pages of documents, and due to the revelations contained therein, has filed suit against Lisa Jackson and the EPA. The suit pertains largely – and most damningly – to the “science” that EPA apparently intended to conceal in relation to their recent push to regulate particulate emissions and dust at the 2.5 micron level – which they refer to as fine particulate matter, or PM2.5. These particulates were of special interest as they are commonly associated with vehicle exhaust and emissions from coal-fired powerplants (though abundant through natural sources as well).
As you may realize, EPA has only to publish a regulation in the Federal Register for it to have the effect of law.
In July 2011 EPA stated in the Federal Register announcement of its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that “a recent EPA analysis estimated that 2005 levels of PM2.5 and ozone were responsible for between 130,000 and 320,000 PM2.5-related and 4,700 ozone-related premature deaths….”
And to cap it all, last September EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “Particulate matter causes death. It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should.”
How did they determine this? According to the lawsuit, they engaged in illegal human experimentation:
“EPA obtained their PM2.5 from a diesel truck,”explained Dr. David Schnare, a former EPA litigator who is now director of American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center, which filed the lawsuit in Virginia. “It is difficult to overstate the atrocity of this research.
“EPA parked a truck’s exhaust pipe directly beneath an intake pipe on the side of a building. The exhaust was sucked into the pipe, mixed with some additional air and then piped directly into the lungs of the human subjects. EPA actually has pictures of this gas chamber, a clear plastic pipe stuck into the mouth of a subject, his lips sealing it to his face, diesel fumes inhaled straight into his lungs.”
“In the context of rules established after scientific horrors of World War II and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments,” Milloy said in a press release announcing the lawsuit, “the notion that EPA would pipe high levels of PM2.5 and diesel exhaust into the lungs of unhealthy people to see what would happen is simply appalling.”
Milloy claims that subjects were not informed of health risks, much less that they would be participating in tests of substances that EPA suspected may be lethal. Three doctors who allegedly participated in the project; two of whom work for EPA, while the third is a university physician. No word on whether or not they goose-step and salute.
Especially during the past few years, EPA’s complete disregard for ethical conduct and the rule of law have become increasingly apparent; their arrogant disregard for human life would, if conducted upon prisoners during time of war, undoubtedly lead to convictions on charges of war crimes.
Interestingly, the very media which so zealously bombarded Americans with stories about Watergate and Iran-Contra are conspicuously absent of late.