EPA Failed to Warn Test Subject about Lethal Risks
The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency as found evidence that the EPA failed to warn human subjects about potentially fatal risks before enrolling them in a pollution study.
Test Subjects Exposed to Harmful Pollutants
“Evidence suggests that at least some human study subjects would like to know if a study involves risk of death, even if the risk is very small.” – EPA inspector general report as published by FOX News
The inspector general reviewed five studies conducted in 2010 and 2011 at a University of North Carolina facility and concluded that only sometimes told test subjects about the full range of risks before being exposed to high levels of pollutants.
According to FOX News, only one of the studies provided information on the “upper range of the pollutant” that the subjects would be exposed to, and only two studies informed subjects about risks of death.
Some consent forms also failed to mention the potential cancer effects associated with long-term exposure to diesel exhaust.
Potential Health Effects of Air Pollution
According to the EPA’s own website, exposure to pollutants can carry serious side effects including:
- Reduced lung function
- Respiratory inflammation
- Chest pain
- Structural damage to the lungs
- Acute respiratory illness