Human Pesticide Experiments

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The Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform investigated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) reconsideration of a moratorium on human pesticide experiments established by the Clinton Administration. Under the Bush Administration, the EPA reviewed over 20 studies that intentionally exposed human subjects to pesticides, provided by pesticide manufacturers, raising ethical concerns. The report states there were widespread deficiencies in the reviewed experiments, including harm to subjects, lack of informed consent, dismissal of adverse outcomes, and scientific invalidity, challenging the justification of these studies as "available, relevant, and appropriate."
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• Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, hearing on "Pending Nominations: Stephen L. Johnson to be Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," 109th Cong., S.Hrg. 109-646, (2005, April 6)
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