by Ethan Barton
Environmental Protection Agency officials said they stopped using kids for experiments in 2006, but subsequent reports from a health research project in which nearly two dozen children were exposed to diesel fumes contradict their claim.
“After the 2006 ban went into effect, UCLA and USC used cells in their laboratories to study their response to diesel particles and their chemicals,” said EPA spokeswoman Laura Allen. “The study no longer included children.”
Progress reports after 2006 described continued recruiting of children…
At least 20 individuals ages 10 to 15 were used in the research in which diesel fumes were repeatedly sprayed up the noses of the test subjects. A former EPA employee who is now the top attorney at the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, a Right-leaning non-profit, said the regulations that ban such experiments on underage children were ignored.
“They just didn’t follow them,” said David Schnare. “You have a huge disconnect between the office of research and development and the rest of the agency. What we understand is that they continued using kids. They wanted to see what the response of the body was to that challenge.”