There is an EPA appointee, Robert Phalen, who is a researcher at UC Irvine. He has said some extraordinary things.
Speaking to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, Mr. Phalen told the audience:Modern air is a little too clean for optimum health.Mr. Phalen has also argued that the risks associated with modern particulate matter arevery small and confounded by many factors. In a 2004 study, he wrote that,neither toxicology studies nor human clinical investigations have identified the components and/or characteristics of [particulate matter] that might be causing the health-effect associations.
No, really, he believes that.
Back in 2012, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), Phalen claimed American children should be inhaling more pollution in order for their bodies to learn to handle it. According to a write-up on the AAAS official website, Phalen made the point bluntly.
Modern air is a little too clean for optimum health.
The article states further that Phalen described his most important role in science ascausing trouble and controversy,and upon feeling an ocean breeze come through his office window, he remarked once again:See, the air is too clean.
This is what it takes to get a government appointment in the era of Trump and Pruitt.