We’re not sure about the health risks, but we’re going to gas you anyway.
July 10, 2013
UPDATE: The Inhabitat.com article on the alleged MTA notice, which we previously linked to, is now gone. However, upon further research, the Brookhaven National Laboratory has information on the Perfluorocarbons used in the terrorist response drill. The intent of this article is to showcase how these Perfluorocarbons are not necessarily “harmless” to the public as other news articles and press releases have claimed.
The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority supposedly released a notice to subway passengers not only thanking them for being gassed lab rats but also admitting that they weren’t fully aware what the gas exposure health effects could be.
They did admit, however, that the gas exposure could lead to early menopause for women.
As we reported previously via RT, the New York Police Department announced in April that they would release “harmless” gases into the city’s subway station this summer as a terrorist response drill.
The department explained that the drill would test first-responder readiness to a chemical terrorist attack and track the path of the released chemicals.
The full text of the alleged notice follows:
Thank you for riding the MTA.
At this time we would like to thank you for participating in a joint study conducted by the NYPD and Brookhaven National Laboratory, sponsored by the Department of Defense.
During the month of July riders will be randomly exposed to Per-fluorocarbon gas in five boroughs and on 21 subway lines in an effort to study airflow throughout the MTA subway system.
Per-fluorocarbons are colorless, odorless, and powerful man-made greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. They are emitted as a by-product during aluminum production, are used as solvents in the electronics industry, and as refrigerants in many cooling systems.
We still do not fully understand the health effects of Per-fluorocarbon gas exposure, though exposure to Per-fluorocarbons are linked to the early onset of menopause. Studies in animals have found these gases significantly alter liver and thyroid function, increase the risk for tumors, and cause failure in reproductive organs.
These gases are being dispersed as a test for your protection against an unwanted chemical attack.
Thank you for riding with the MTA and have a safe day.
This notice indicates that the PFC gas is not “harmless” and the program is a partnership between the NYPD and the Department of Defense.
A 2011 study by the West Virginia University School of Medicine concluded “PFC are associated with endocrine disruption in women and that further research on mechanisms is warranted.”
This medical study, which surveyed over 25,000 women, says that “the survey was the result of a class action suit.”
In short, women who take the New York subway may find their childbearing days prematurely cut short. This terrorist drill may even leave some women childless for the rest of their lives.
It will be extremely difficult for women subway riders to avoid PFC gas exposure because the drill was scheduled for dozens of stations on the majority of the subway lines.
This isn’t the first time the U.S. government has treated NYC subway riders as unwilling lab rats. In the 1950s and 60s, Fort Detrick scientists exposed bacteria to subway riders to determine the feasibility of a biological attack.
The Newsletter of the First Responder Technologies Program says “DHS S&T conducted controlled releases of harmless substances – sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and perfluorocarbon (PFC) gas, as well as sodium fluorescein particles – to simulate a chemical or biological agent’s movement, according to Teresa Lustig, the program manager leading the study for DHS S&T’s Chemical and Biological Division. Scientists released the gases and particles into the MBTA subway system during a seven-day test.”