One down, two to go. Even worse, no one asked, held it out for discussion or gave New Yorkers a choice.
Date: Weekdays throughout the month of July 2013
Time: 8 am – 8 pm.
Place: 21 out of the 24 subway lines[i], various train stations throughout the five boroughs.
Commissioned by NYPD, a $3.4 million transit security grant from Homeland Security trumps the concerns and health of NYCMTA passengers every time.
The first test of the program known as S-SAFE for Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange, occurred Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Two more tests are scheduled this month. The dates, of which, have not yet been announced.
…In July, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory will conduct the country’s largest urban air flow study to date to better understand the risks posed by airborne contaminants, including chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) weapons in the event they are dispersed in the atmosphere and in the City’s subway system. The NYPD will use the data collected during the three days of research to optimize emergency response following an intentional or accidental release of hazardous materials. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is assisting both agencies with the study of air flow in the subway system….
Approximately 200 air sampling devices have been deployed throughout NYC’s subway system. “Researchers will allegedly disperse small concentrations of perflurocarbons at designated subway locations underground and street level for 30 minutes on the day of the tests.”
Perfluorocarbon tracer gases (PFTs) are supposedly non-toxic, inert, odorless and invisible. However, a report entitled, “Implications of Early Menopause in Women Exposed to Perfluorocarbons” by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has reports that perfluorocarbons 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.’”
Another report by the same agency points to research indicating “a significant association between these chemicals and thyroid disease in women.”
Finally a word to New York City subway riders, I am almost certain that DHS/NYPD/NYCMTA thanks you for involuntarily allowing them to fundamentally transform you into a lab rat this month.
Considering that there are bound to be consequences for some of the 5,380,184[ii] passengers who ride NYC’s subways daily, what exactly are New Yorkers not being told?
Lastly, to my fellow New Yorkers, you should in the streets of New York, not the subways, raising hell.
[i] While they did not come and out say it, NYPD’s implication that perfluorocarbons will only be pumped throughout 21 of 24 subway lines suggests that some parts of the NYC subway system would remain untested. Nothing is further from the truth. The three lines NOT officially to be tested are more than likely shuttle services that make approximately five to eight train stops as they run back and forth across town. They run alongside or adjacent to the lines undergoing the tests.
[ii] NYCMTA daily ridership statistics for the year 2012 is 5,380,184 passengers., http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts/ridership/.
- Explainer: Perfluorocarbons, the Gas Released In NYC’s Subway Airflow Test (wnyc.org)
- NYC – MTA Gas Test Backfires! New Yorkers Are Angry, And Rightly So! Widespread Health Problems Coming (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- NYPD To Study Air Flow, Gas Dispersal In Subways (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- New York City Sprayings: It’s All Good, The Notice says So (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- You Probably Inhaled the NYPD’s Subway Gas Mapper on Your Morning Commute (motherboard.vice.com)
- NYPD RELEASES GAS IN SUBWAY In CHEMICAL WEAPON ‘STUDY’ (secretsofthefed.com)
- NYPD conducting multiple gas-attack tests in subway system (dprogram.net)
- New Yorkers as Guinea Pigs? (No offense to Guinea Pigs) – Less than 12 Hr Notice before Release of Gases in NYC Subways / Streets (dontgasnycsubways.wordpress.com)
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