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April, 9, 2014

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By Michael Sandoval 

The second in a multi-part series.

Top administration officials for Gov. John Hickenlooper asked the Environmental Protection Agency for help killing a 2012 Republican-sponsored water bill that would have saved rural Colorado water districts and their customers millions of dollars, according to recently obtained emails.

Those emails, uncovered by The Competitive Enterprise Institute and CEI senior fellow Chris Horner in October 2013 as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, demonstrate ongoing conversations over several months between officials in the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Region 8 EPA Director Jim Martin, all of whom sometimes used private, unofficial emails for official government business.

The emails show that administration officials asked Martin for EPA help defeating the bill in the Democratic-controlled State Senate because Hickenlooper feared political fallout and would not veto the bill if it made it to his desk.

Senate Democrats on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee voted to postpone indefinitely the water bill in a party-line vote on May 3, 2012. The vote killed the bill before it reached Hickenlooper.

icon_exclusiveAlan Salazar, Chief Strategy Officer to the Governor of the state of Colorado, and Martha Rudolph, director of Environmental Programs for CDPHE, used a combination of unofficial and official email addresses in their communications with Martin, who was also using an unauthorized, private email account to both receive and send emails pertaining to the Colorado regulation and legislation.

Martin resigned from the EPA on February 15, 2012. In response to a separate FOIA seeking Martin’s private emails to environmental activists, the EPA administrator had denied using “his personal account to conduct official business,” according to The Daily Caller.

While Martin offered in his supplemental declaration at the time that he “did not take any action on these emails sent to my personal email account or otherwise rely on these emails in furtherance of EPA business” with regard to the separate emails discovered by CEI’s other FOIA request, Martin repeatedly received, and sometimes responded to, emails from Rudolph and Salazar from 2011 to 2012 obtained by CEI and the Independence Institute.

‘I would like to strategize on this’

Beginning in December 2011 Rudolph, using her official CDPHE email address, contacted Martin’s private me.com account about proposed regulations targeting “nitrogen and phosphorus discharged from wastewater treatment plants into rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs” across the state.

On December 14, 2011, Rudolph forwarded an email to Martin that contained a letter written by regional wastewater managers concerned about the fiscal impact the CDPHE Water Quality Control Division’s proposed 85 and 31 regulations would have on small, rural communities.

Rudolph noted the perceived strength of the arguments laid out in the attached letter (see below)—specifically the lack of a mandate for the new regulations, and the need for the EPA to weigh in on behalf of the regulatory proposal.

“We are likely fighting a losing battle on nutrients, see attached letter. We have met with the Governor’s office, and with the Governor, but I fear the comments in the attached letter will outweigh our arguments in support of the regulation. I believe the assertions that this is not federally required and that there is no required timeframe will be too compelling,” Rudolph wrote in the email.

“So we have been talking over here about the possibility of EPA, at the highest level, having a conversation with the Governor – about the need for the regulation, and specifically what EPA would do if Colorado does not act. I would like to strategize on this, if you think it may be doable. There will also be legislation introduced that would prohibit us from adopting a nutrients regulation. When you have a moment perhaps you could call or we could meet,” Rudolph concluded.

The FOIA does not reveal Martin responding to Rudolph’s pleas for EPA assistance.

‘We don’t want to expose the administration to political fire’

The legislation introduced during the 2012 legislative session that Rudolph mentioned—HB 1161, sponsored by then-Rep. Marsha Looper (R-El Paso)—called for a one-year postponement of the proposed water regulations. The bill ordered a report from a “nutrients scientific advisory board” that would consider cost-benefit analysis and compliance with a previous Hickenlooper executive order against regulations not mandated specifically by law, and unfunded mandates.

The wastewater managers in their December letter to the Governor shared both of those concerns—exceeding federal mandates and imposing onerous costs of compliance.

Salazar, using his AOL account, emailed Martin’s private account about the then-pending legislation and his “Thoughts on Nutrients Response” following the bill’s 8-5 approval from the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources committee to the House Committee on Appropriations on March 12, 2012.

At 2:54 p.m. on March 17 Salazar wrote, “1. My sense is that it’s fine to take some time with the response. Doesn’t have to be soon – maybe better if it’s not too quick. 2. Specificity and direction with regard to the questions posed would also be helpful. 3. We don’t want to expose the administration to political fire, but also need to see language that articulates the hard legal consequences for the state. 4. Deeply sorry (me to you) but you don’t need to put that in the letter.”

Martin responded to Salazar at 5:32 p.m.

“Thanks, Alan. In a session and missed your call. Amazingly easier to do work when you are sitting in a hotel room far away. Hearing rumors of more changes [to the bill] so unsure of how best to proceed. But speed is not our forte, that’s for sure.

Salazar had written to Martin at 4:52 p.m. as well, with a suggested line.

“How about: Dear Governor: It’s a friggin unfunded mandate, so sit and spin… Sincerely.”

“I could try that. But not sure LPJ (Lisa P. Jackson) would let me keep my corner office. Let me tone it down just a tad,” Martin wrote back at 6:17 p.m.

‘We do know that he will not veto Looper’s bill if it passes’

Two days before the House Appropriations committee would send the bill to the Committee of the Whole, Martin reached out to Rudolph’s Gmail account, seeking an update on “Water quality” on March 21, 2012 at 4:06 p.m.

“Any more insights into what is happening? And how was ECOS? I think I owe you a drink, by the way,” Martin wrote.

Rudolph responded to Martin a few hours later, at 8:55 p.m.

“Don’t know what is happening – I believe the Gov is waiting to see what EPA does. I will try to find out (although I was told by several in the Gov’s office that the Gov was going to Ok the rule two days before he/she sent the letter so even those in the inner sanctum don’t really know what is happening) We do know that he will not veto Looper’s bill if it passes. What do you think EPA’s response will be? ECOS was good – nice to get away,” Rudolph emailed.

She added, “Drinks would be great. Any free time in the next couple of weeks?”

The next morning, at 9:01 a.m., Martin responded.

“Thanks. Have not seen Looper’s bill, but will go looking for it. Could do drinks Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday of next week. But not before noon. Cheers,” Martin wrote.

‘Bottom line – are comments from EPA helpful or hurtful?’

In the final set of emails from April 2012, Martin asks Rudolph what effect is perceived when the EPA weighs on state-level issues, this time on “Water and arsenic.”

“Martha – your vm stopped before you did, I think. Bottom line – are comments from EPA helpful or hurtful?” Martin queried.

“They have been helpful. Bob Benson knows the difficulties associated with selecting a standard that is below detect [sic] but more significantly below treatable levels. He recommended a level that is protective yet I understand is relatively easy to treat to,” Rudolph responded. Benson is a senior EPA employee with water-related expertise.

“Thanks,” Martin wrote back.

Click here to read Part I of the series.

 

 

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Thursday, April 03, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) The U.S. government intentionally subjected children and adults to bizarre medical experiments that required them to inhale diesel pollutants known to contain cancer-causing chemicals. The experiments involved collecting diesel fumes from idling diesel trucks, then piping those fumes into enclosed chambers where U.S. test subjects were required to breathe them for hours at a time.

The EPA conducted these experiments on children and sick people(1), specifically choosing test subjects with metabolic syndrome and asthma, then securing them in bizarre “pollution containment rooms” to make sure they inhaled the cancer-causing particles. (See photo below.)

Even worse, the EPA has openly admitted, in a now-public document detailing these bizarre medical experiments on humans, that it conducted these human experiments for the last decade:

Over the last 10 years, the EPA has conducted 13 human exposure studies using CAPS and four studies using diesel exhaust. (2)

That same document describes the cancer-causing risks of diesel exhaust particles as follows:

Diesel exhaust particles contain some probable carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which in high enough concentrations and/or with repeated exposures may induce tumors. Diesel exhaust also contains aldehydes, some of which are possibly carcinogenic in high enough dose and with long enough exposure.

The document then goes on to justify this by saying a person would experience similar pollution levels by visiting Los Angeles.

Here’s a photo of one of the EPA’s “pollution experiment chambers” in which U.S. test subjects are required to sit and inhale cancer-causing chemicals:

Junk Science blows the whistle

The whistleblower credited with unearthing this horrifying case of government malfeasance is none other than Steven Milloy of JunkScience.com, a website known for breaking news about the U.S. government’s junk environmental science.

As a whistleblower myself, I admire the work of Mr. Milloy, and I truly understand the kind of personal risk it takes to blow the whistle on unethical, criminal corruption and misconduct at the highest levels of government.

What’s even more amazing in all this — and here’s the real story behind the story — is that Steven Milloy went out of his way to try to garner the attention of deans of prominent medical schools, only to find out they all tried to sweep the scandal under the rug!

Read this astonishing post at JunkScience.com to see what I’m talking about. In it, Milloy reveals how government employees, academic institutions and medical school authorities were all complicit in trying to bury this story:

We both wrote letters to the North Carolina Medical Board to stop the experiments and investigate the U of North Carolina faculty.

They exonerated the 3 physicians involved in Human testing in short order–probably a board record for speed.

We asked the Dean and Institutional Review Board to review, no response, no action taken.

I wrote to every Medical School Deans at the schools identified by the EPA officials as conducting Human Exposure experiments asking them to stop the experiments and investigate the lack of informed consent and the violation of ethics.

No response.

Early on we asked for a US EPA OIG investigation. The early response was a yawn.

I wrote to the physicians in Congress, and at the time 18 of the 19 physicians in congress were Republican. No answer.

I then wrote to the Congress physicians and added the declarations by the EPA officials, linked hereunder that implicated them in unethical experiments, again, no response.

In summarizing the astonishing complicity, he then writes:

So now the list of miscreants and those complicit is longer and longer:

• 10 US Medical Schools and the EPA.

• Medical Boards in North Carolina and Michigan

• Deans of the 10 Medical Schools and their institutional Review Boards

• Faculty of Medical Schools who are many times EPA employees, who do the research.

• The Editor of EHP (Environmental Health Perspectives) and peer reviewers who should have reported the misconduct.

• The US EPA Inspector General and his staff.

Massive government conspiracy to exploit humans as guinea pigs in potentially harmful experiments

What Milloy has uncovered in all this is, by definition, a massive conspiracy to defraud the public and commit serious ethical offenses against the American people. And it’s all being done by the EPA, the very agency that claims to be protecting people from pollution! (“We’re from the EPA. Here, suck on some diesel fumes!”)

What Milloy has really uncovered here is a massive, large-scale cover-up that even involves the state medical board of Michigan.

Read some of the names of the EPA and medical school people who have conspired to commit these heinous medical experiments on U.S. citizens:

http://junkscience.com/2014/04/01/epa-medica…

(By the way, as a personal note in all this, the vaccine industry commits far worse crimes against children in global vaccine medical experiments. Case in point: Pfizer’s criminal misconduct that killed children in Nigeria, or the massive felony bribery schemes pulled off by GlaxoSmithKline to pad the pockets of U.S. doctors who peddled their pills.)

Next photo: A diagram showing how the EPA’s pollution experiments worked:

No doubt some company with “special” ties to the White House probably has a $1,000-an-hour contract to idle their diesel trucks in the name of science, too.

Why I admire and support whistleblowers like Milloy

People like Steven Milloy are true American heroes, and all of us who are science-based whistleblowers are having an unprecedented impact at shaping public awareness about these issues.

Like it or not, we are all now living in the age of the whistleblower. Case in point: Edward Snowden. Of course, Snowden had the cooperation of much of the media. People like Steven Milloy (or even myself) rarely get the media to back us up; largely because we are often blowing the whistle on government corruption that places human lives at risk.

I especially like how Milloy points out the Nuremburg Code and how the EPA violates this incredibly important agreement put in place by the free world following the horrific era of Nazi medical experiments on Jewish prisoners:

The Nuremberg Code (which was adopted by California) prohibits harmful, certainly lethal, human experiments except exceptions and emphasizes the importance of freely given consent. [Yet] there are two California Medical Schools performing human experimentation exposing subjects to small particle air pollution — USC and UCLA.

In the posts on JunkScience.com, Milloy even speaks of the kind of philosophy that drives his work (and also the work here at Natural News, by the way), saying:

Fortitude enables the other virtues; unfortunately government employees and politicians are too often bereft of fortitude… in an administrative tyrannical state that squashes liberty and independent thought and speech.

Stoics hold to principle.

The principle that Milloy is driving home here is one that all Natural News readers should take to heart: it is NEVER okay for a government to conduct human medical experiments that expose test subjects to cancer-causing pollutants.

Any government that does so is a dangerous regime that devalues human life. And just as we already saw in the history of the Nazi regime, the abandonment of value for life is merely the first step toward genocide. (Throughout world history, governments have repeatedly committed genocide in the name of religion or science.)

Epilogue

As a relevant point here, Natural News readers have long known me as an advocate of the natural health industry, but over the last six months they’ve seen me become increasingly critical of the scams and deceit found in certain sectors of the natural products industry.

Over just the last few days, for example, I’ve exposed a scammy flocculant liquid peddled as a high-aluminum dietary supplement, and I’ve published a huge warning on very high concentrations of lead found in USDA certified organic mangosteen powder, a popular superfood used by holistic health followers.

As much as I advocate nutrition, superfoods and the prevention of disease, I am also completely fed up with con artists, scammers, hucksters and criminals who seem to exist in every industry imaginable… including certain sectors of the natural health industry.

Like Milloy, I’m going to keep blowing the whistle on science fraud and medical scams, regardless of who gets named in the process. The continued use of mercury in dental amalgams, for example, is a massive fraud still being perpetrated on the U.S. public by the dental industry. And yes, the American Dental Association is complicit in that fraud. Until mercury is removed from dental fillings, vaccines and medical devices, I will continue to expose those who are pushing toxic mercury onto innocent patients and causing ongoing suffering and the loss of human lives.

The guiding principle behind this work is that I value human life and I will work diligently to protect it, even in the face of extreme pressure, criticism and even threats. I believe Steven Milloy is exactly that kind of person, too, and even if we don’t fully align on all issues, he is the kind of person that I truly admire for standing his ground and fighting for truth and transparency in an age of overwhelming deceit at every level of government, academia and Big Business.

Follow Milloy’s work at www.JunkScience.com … and tell him hello from all of us here at Natural News who are fighting hard for the very same principles.

Sources for this article include:
(1) http://junksciencecom.files.wordpress.com/20…
(2) http://www.scribd.com/doc/215909101/EPA-Huma…

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044573_human_medical_experiments_diesel_pollutants_junk_science.html#ixzz2xqhTDur3