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Originally published October 18 2013

EPA routinely tests deadly diesel fume particles on human subjects

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The American Tradition Institute (ATI)'s Environmental Law Center, a public policy "think tank" that advocates for free-market environmental and resource stewardship, has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allegedly conducting illegal and inhumane experimentation on human test subjects. According to Courthouse News Service (CNS), the EPA has been using humans as guinea pigs to test the effects of exposure to fine particulate pollution, also known as PM2.5, which "can kill people shortly after exposure."

Though the agency has already determined that there is no safe level of exposure to PM2.5, which is commonly emitted by vehicles that burn diesel fuel and by power plants that burn coal fuel, the EPA has still intentionally conducted numerous experiments in recent years that involved humans inhaling particulate matter without informed consent. Only later did some of the participants discover that they had breathed in deadly fume particles that can lead to permanent injury or death.

"EPA is seeking human subjects suffering from mutations of the gene GSTM1, glutathione-S-transferase, and thus 'more susceptible to the effects of air pollutants,' for the express purpose of exposing them to excessive levels PM2.5 in a study they have titled 'Captain,'" says the complaint.

"In experiments conducted by EPA employees and approved by an EPA contractor serving as an Institutional Review Board, EPA has unethically, immorally, repeatedly and ultimately illegally exposed human subjects to PM2.5, a pollutant EPA states is lethal and can cause death within hours of exposure without informing the human subjects of this fact."

For what purpose is the EPA secretly poisoning human test subjects?

The EPA is already well aware that one in four deaths in the U.S. is attributable to PM2.5 exposure, and yet the agency has continued to test the particulate matter on humans, including during studies conducted in 2004, 2007, and 2008. Without informing human participants about what was taking place, the EPA deliberately exposed them to a chemical contaminant that the agency has already determined has "no safe level" of exposure.

Landon Huffman, an ATI member, was one such victim of this EPA experimentation scheme. As included in the filing, his story involves having been tricked into thinking that an EPA experiment he participated in was designed to potentially benefit his asthma symptoms. He found out later; however, that what scientists pumped into his lungs could have actually caused him to have a severe asthma attack, or even die.

David Schnare, director of ATI's Environmental Law Clinic, has long fought such inhumane human testing because of his own personal connection to the cruel medical experimentation that took place in Nazi death camps during World War II. Schnare says he was actually named after a relative who died at the Buchenwald death camp where hundreds of inmates were used as human guinea pigs to identify the lethal dose of a certain type of poison.

You can read a complete copy of the ATI filling here:

You can also watch an ATI video report on EPA's human experimentation practices here: (EDITOR'S NOTE: THE VIDEO IS SET TO PRIVATE SO IT CAN ONLY BE VIEWED IF YOU HAVE PERMISSION, I THINK WE SHOULD TAKE THIS LINK OUT)

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