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January 26, 2015
The EPA Uses Children (and Adults) as Guinea Pigs
Report: EPA Tested Deadly Air Pollutants On Children
A government watchdog group has obtained documents detailing how EPA-backed research exposed children as young as 10 to deadly air pollutants without disclosing the full risks of the substances.
Government watchdogs say these EPA-backed studies could violate California state and federal law, because children were exposed to diesel exhaust in experiments with no health benefits to the subjects.
Between 2003 and 2010, the EPA backed experiments done at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles that exposed children aged 10 to 15 to diesel exhaust — an air pollutant which the EPA and the California Air Resources Board says has no safe exposure limit.
CARB found in 1998 that based “on available scientific information” a “level of diesel exhaust exposure below which no carcinogenic effects are anticipated has not been identified.” This statement was made by CARB six years before the EPA-backed studies took place. The EPA lists diesel exhaust as a “likely” carcinogen.
“Not only has EPA been caught violating the letter and spirit of virtually every national and international code, law and regulation for the protection of human subjects in medical experiments developed since World War II,” said David Schnare, an attorney with the Energy and Environmental Law Institute, the group that has released the documents. “They have done so in shocking style, abusing the most vulnerable people of all, children.”
“Compounding the basic villainy of the experimentation itself,” Schnare added, “is that the USC/UCLA researchers failed to warn the parents and children how dangerous EPA and CARB had determined diesel exhaust to be. So there was no informed consent as required by law.”
Researchers sprayed diesel exhaust up the noses of 20 children to see what happened to them after being exposed to the substance. But these experiments have no direct health benefits to the study “except for learning how well your body can cope with pollution,” according to an application for one of the experiments.
Schnare said these experiments violated the Nuremberg Code, which has been adopted in California and federal regulations as the Common Rule. In California, violating medical experimentation laws can result in fines and/or imprisonment.
Documents showing the EPA was exposing children to diesel exhaust were obtained by the website JunkScience.com through a Freedom of Information Act Request. JunkScience.com and EPA critics say the agency is being negligent or hiding the real effects of diesel exhaust on human health to advance a regulatory agenda.
“The only way EPA, USC and UCLA are not guilty of illegal experimentation is if EPA and CARB had wildly exaggerated the dangers of diesel exhaust,” said Craig Rucker, president of Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, a conservative group that released the documents alongside EELI.
“But in that case, the two regulators have then been grossly misleading the public and Congress in order to issue scientifically unsupported and costly regulations,” Rucker said.
“If EPA and CARB have not lied about the science, then the EPA and the researchers conducted flatly illegal experiments and lied to the children and other human subjects involved in the experiments,” writes JunkScience.com. “In this case, the institutions and individuals involved should be investigated, and subject to civil and criminal liability as prescribed by law.”
According to CARB, the EPA set its concentration “value of 5 µg/m3 for noncancer effects of diesel exhaust.” But children were exposed to up to 300 micrograms per cubic meter — 60 times higher than what the EPA says is safe.
Diesel exhaust is largely made up of fine particulate matter, known as PM2.5, which the EPA has said is deadly when exposed too. The agency was criticized last year after a government report surfaced that the agency exposed the elderly and people with breathing disorders to PM2.5 in a series of experiments done in 2010 and 2011.
The EPA inspector general said “the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies’ consent forms,” adding that an agency manager “considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures.” The IG’s report found that “human subjects were not informed of this risk in the consent form.”
“This lack of warning about PM,” said the IG report, “is also different from the EPA’s public image about PM.”
Comment: Nice to see these counties take a stand. Admin Liz Bowen
Local governments in Kentucky are taking matters into their own hands in a bid to battle union influence and, they say, make their communities more business-friendly.
Kentucky is one of the last states in the South that does not have a so-called right-to-work law, which bar unions from forcing workers to pay dues. But surrounding states like Tennessee do — and counties along Kentucky’s southern border say they’re tired of losing jobs to other southern states.
So, in an unprecedented step, county leaders are passing their own right-to-work laws, even as the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in the state capital refuses to consider one.
“We are not growing as fast as Tennessee. We’re not growing as fast as Indiana, Michigan,” Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said. “This actually puts us on a level playing field. It enables us to compete with other states.”
In the last month, five counties have approved ordinances limiting unions – becoming the first counties in the nation to do so. And several more Kentucky counties are expected to follow suit in the next month.
Unions, though, are fighting back. They have filed lawsuits against the counties, claiming they’re only interested in bashing unions — not boosting local economies.
“If you just go after those companies that are paying the lowest wages, you’re not going to benefit in the long run because they can always find cheaper wages somewhere,” said Eldon Renaud, president of the local UAW in Bowling Green, where the Corvette plant operates.
When businesses are looking to expand, many site-selectors say right-to-work is often one of the key criteria used in finding an ideal location — meaning Kentucky often doesn’t make the initial list of potential candidates.
County leaders are hoping to change that, and say it’s the reason they’ve seen almost unanimous support from both Democrats and Republicans in passing these local right-to-work ordinances.
“We understand at the local level that it’s not politics. It’s economics. Unfortunately, when you get to the state capital, it’s not necessarily the same thing,” said Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry.
The newly passed ordinances still have to work their way through a legal battle, and heavy-hitters are coming out for both sides.
State Attorney General Jack Conway, a Democrat who is running for governor, issued a legal opinion last month stating that only state governments, and not local governments, have the authority to pass right-to-work laws.
On the other side are two former justices from Kentucky’s Supreme Court who argue the counties gained that authority in the 1970s, when legislators granted county governments broad powers to pass laws regarding economic development.
Outside groups supporting the right-to-work effort are closely following the case. If it’s successful, they plan to take this same strategy to counties in other non-right-to-work states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Comment: Talk about an intrusion on freedom! — Admin Liz Bowen
California bars judges from Boy Scouts membership
By Olga R. Rodriguez
Published: Saturday, Jan. 24 2015 12:25 a.m. MST
Updated: 11 hours ago
SAN FRANCISCO — California’s Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.
The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges’ affiliation with the organization.
In 1996 the state Supreme Court banned judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but made an exception for nonprofit youth organizations.
The Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics in February recommended eliminating the exception to enhance public confidence in the judiciary.
The group allows the participation of openly gay boys but continues to prohibit gay and lesbian adults from serving as leaders.
The Boys Scouts of America couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The proposed rule change was sent out for public comment last year, and the change was supported by the California Judges Association, the court said.
“The only remaining exception to the general rule is membership in a religious organization,” said Fourth District Court of Appeal Justice Richard D. Fybel, chair of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics.
“One other exception_belonging to a military organization_was eliminated as well, because the U.S. armed forces no longer restrict military service based on sexual orientation,” Fybel added.
Of 47 states that ban judges from joining discriminatory groups, 22 states, including California, include a bar on groups that show bias on the basis of sexual orientation. California was the only one of those states that made exceptions for youth groups.
Judges will have until January 21, 2016 to comply with the new rule.
The Plumas County Courthouse meeting room for the Board of Supervisors overflowed with supporters of the State of Jefferson on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 as Jefferson Spokesperson Mark Baird presented the facts, issues and reasons for creating the State of Jefferson to the Plumas Supervisors. After lengthy discussion, no vote was taken. The Supervisors asked for more information, which will be hand-delivered to them ASAP.
Mark said the support from the community was over-whelming as the stately courthouse, in Quincy, was filled with Jefferson folks.
Leaders from the Colusa County Jefferson Committee were pleased with the support from both the community and the Colusa City Council, which seemed genuinely interested. Steve and Dianna Baird presented facts and financial information regarding the proposed State of Jefferson and were well received.
The Colusa Jefferson Committee reports the following:
Thanks to all who came yesterday in support of Liberty! Here’s how you can help further the cause:
*Share this and all other information with family and friends!
*Educate yourself and others by going to soj51.net and download information to share.
*WEAR IT WEDNESDAY! Wear your gear (everyday if possible!) and be prepared to answer questions when you are asked! WE are our best advertisement!
*If you own a business, display a sign, fly a flag or offer brochures to the public.
*Contact your local Committee and offer your time, talent or expertise!
*Write letters to the editor or call into local radio shows and start a discussion about the State of Jefferson.
Link to SOJ51.net is below. Be sure to check it out as it has great info!
Jan 20, 2015
Leaders from the Colusa Jefferson Committee and Steve Baird, financial expert on the Jefferson Declaration Committee, will give a presentation to the Colusa City Council on the why and how to withdraw from the State of California.
Time is 5:45 p.m.
Place: 425 Webster St, Colusa City
State of Jefferson supporters are invited to attend!
Jan. 20, 2015
Mark Baird, with support from the Plumas County Jefferson Committee, will offer a presentation to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors right after the lunch break!
Why and how to withdraw from the State of California!
PLUMAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
520 Main St. # 309
Supporters of Jefferson, please attend!
Question Mark #2?
Are you happy with California?
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Please copy and paste the above in the body of an email and send to as many friends as possible to help get out message out. You can also include the two websites for more info. Thanks – Admin Liz Bowen