The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire for exposing children to pollution as part of an experiment at the University of Southern California.
This information is coming to light from the websiteÂ junkscience.comÂ after an investigation from the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General stated in aÂ recent reportÂ that the EPAâ€™s pollution experimentsÂ on older people, done at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, were more harmful to the subjects than what the EPA presented.
The IG also said that while the experiment’s subjects did consent to exposure, the â€œrisks were not always consistently represented.â€
â€œFurther, the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studiesâ€™ consent forms. An EPA manager considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures,â€ the IG report said.
In February of 2013, JunkScience.com reported that the EPA gave USC money in the mid 2000â€™s to find out whether diesel exhaust could â€œinduce reproducible gene expressionâ€ in children. From a USC grant in the EPA extramural research grants database, theÂ original December 14, 2012Â document showed diesel exposures to children. What now sits on that database is aÂ strongly edited descriptionÂ of the diesel tests on the children. Part of the the experiment’s goal was to examine how particulate matter affects “Asthma in Susceptible Children.”
Junk ScienceÂ made a Freedom of Information Act request toÂ the EPA to explain the deletion and alteration of its database of the documentation regarding diesel experiments on children. The EPAâ€™sÂ responseÂ to JunkScience was that the deletion was due to a technical mishap.