Human Chain Against Poison Gas in NYC

NYC Subway Airflow Study Questioned

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So the NYPD is supposed to begin releasing gas in the subway today july 1st through july 30th — 30 days thereby making it close to impossible to avoid. Apparently, they are using: Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)

They say: “The experiment is an effort to study how airborne materials spread through the system — and to prepare defenses against possible incidents.”

Can’t something be done? Ideas?? I wrote to Speaker Quinn and the chair of the health committee of the City Council for what that is worth —

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From Daily News:

The NYPD will release harmless gasses into the subway this summer in an extensive test of how the material spreads through the system, officials said Wednesday.

Cops will use the results to strengthen their tactics for responding to hazards ranging from possible chemical spills in the tunnels to potential terrorist attacks, officials said.

The citywide testing, which will be conducted with the help of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, will include the release of the gasses in various subway lines and stations during three non-consecutive days in July, officials said.

They say it is for “three non-consecutive days” but of course none of know when those ARE.

We should at least get to know that … Except the air is trapped down there so there probably is not much way to avoid…

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Articles:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-subway-test-involving-release-harmless-gas-set-summer-article-1.1326103

http://rt.com/usa/nypd-gas-subway-terror-drill-416/

http://www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=11532

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“I Refuse to Consent to NYPD Experiments!”

NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOUNDATION
Your Global Voice for Health Freedom™

In Co-Operation with
New Yorkers United to Stop Subway Experiments
Link to this page: http://tinyurl.com/NoSubwayExperiment

Homeland Security and NYPD to Experiment In the NYC Subways July 2013
Secret “Public” Notice Denies Accountability!

I DO NOT CONSENT!

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From the Wikipedia article on it, Sulfur hexafluoride is a nasty greenhouse gas:

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, SF
6 is the most potent greenhouse gas that it has evaluated, with a global warming potential of 23,900 [14] times that of CO
2 when compared over a 100-year period. Measurements of SF6 show that its global average mixing ratio has increased by about 0.2 ppt per year to over 7 ppt. [15] Sulfur hexafluoride is also extremely long-lived, is inert in the troposphere and stratosphere and has an estimated atmospheric lifetime of 800–3200 years.[16] SF
6 is very stable (for countries reporting their emissions to the UNFCCC, a GWP of 23,900 for SF
6 was suggested at the third Conference of the Parties: GWP used in Kyoto protocol ). [17] Average global SF6 concentrations increased by about seven percent per year during the 1980s and 1990s, mostly as the result of its use in the magnesium production industry, and by electrical utilities and electronics manufacturers. Given the low amounts of SF6 released compared to carbon dioxide, its overall contribution to global warming is estimated to be less than 0.2 percent. [18]
In Europe, SF
6 falls under the F-Gas directive which ban or control its usage for several applications. Since 1 January 2006, SF
6 is banned as a tracer gas and in all applications except high-voltage switchgear . [19] It was reported in 2013 that a three-year effort by the United States Department of Energy to identify and fix leaks at its laboratories in the United States such as the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where the gas is used as a high voltage insulator, had been productive, cutting annual leaks by 35,000 pounds. This was done by comparing purchases with inventory, assuming the difference was leaked, then locating and fixing the leaks. [3]

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Remember that underground, the gas might not totally disperse meaning it’s going to remain there, especially with the high heat and humidity.

Get out in the streets with flyers about the health and environmental harm of this stuff, and alert people that they are being lied to and endangered, yet again, by the NYPD.

Protest at the subway entrances, at the police station, at Brookhaven lab.

Get in touch with any group that is concerned about greenhouse gases, environmental health, disability access, etc, and urge them to mobilize their supporters. Get Occupy involved.

Even IF this stuff is ‘harmless’ in the sense that most people may not have any dramatic or noticeable reaction, that most certainly would not be the case for people with certain disabilities and health conditions, who are ENTITLED to ride the damn subway like everyone else. This is likely to pose a serious danger to people with chemical injuries who are particularly sensitized to chemical exposures (MCS), as well as to people with various respiratory illnesses.

Then there’s the whole panic mongering about terrorist attacks, which is itself a form of terrorism that should be addressed, but that’s a whole other issue.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Mitchel Cohen
Date: Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 1:57 AM
Subject: [ActionGreens] NYC residents: Help needed: NYPD to begin releasing “harmless odorless” gas in subway
To: mitchelcohen@mindspring.com

Please send this, or something like it, to your City Council representative.
– Mitchel

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Dear NYC City Council Member,

You are my City Council representative. I live at ____________________.

The No Spray Coalition against toxic pesticides & New Yorkers Against Poison Gas are looking for a courageous City Council person to call emergency hearings to block or postpone the NYPD’s plan to massively spray chemical gasses in NYC’s subways and streets, now slated to begin next week, ostensibly to study the dispersal patterns of chemical and gasses in a terrorist attack.

We are greatly troubled by the lack of the City’s oversight, lack of hearings or environmental impact statement, and the assumption that these gasses are harmless, when at least one of the gasses, under certain conditions, is far from harmless. We are also looking to hold a press conference with that Council member at City Hall next week who will sponsor a resolution or bill requiring oversight and accountability over the NYPD’s spray activities.

Are you interested and/or able to help us with this issue?

Thank you. I’ve included some correspondence.

Mitchel Cohen
Coordinator, No Spray Coalition (against toxic pesticides)

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From toxicologist Dr. Robert Simon:

My summary so far is:

1. This is a secret plan of NYC that could directly cause harm to citizens and tourists.

2. The fact that there will be no public release of the findings of this study shows that NYPD and Brookhaven are conducting unethical experiments with false science.

3. The fact that the Brookhaven contact is NOT a scientist is extremely troubling.

4. This entire test has been published with misleading and erroneous information in the Daily News, etc. The Press has been completely misled by the NYPD.

5. This scheduled gas tracer study MUST be terminated. If NYPD wants to know how Sarin and other toxic gases can affect the masses then they need only study the Sarin gas episode in the Tokyo subway. I suggest that NYPD send a study team to Japan to learn what is already known.

6. This experiment is consistent with the NSA bugging of American and Europe, the IRS attacks on unsuspecting applicants and the unethical use of drones against Americans.

The New York City Council needs to halt these tests and immediately schedule emergency hearings. These hearings should require full disclosure of these experiments, what gases will be used, who shall receive the results and require a Scientific Advisory Board to monitor and advise the public.

Bob Simon

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I called Ms. Kay Cordtz at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on Monday July 1, 2013, regarding the air tests that will be conducted in New York during the month of July using perfluorocarbons. The BNL has been commissioned by the NYPD to conduct these tests. I obtained Ms. Cordtz’s name and phone number from a press release put out by the (BNL). Her contact information is: Kay Cordtz, (631) 344-2719, kcordtz@bnl.gov. The following are the results of my conversation with her. Please feel free to contact her to confirm this information. Let me stress that this was not a formal interview. I simply called and asked some questions. Feel free to share this information with others.

1. The tests will not start on July 1 due to the weather, and are scheduled to begin July 8, depending on the weather. There will be a 24 hour notice issued before the gases will be released. These notices will be issued on the BNL’s Facebook and twitter accounts. It will also be announced through the news media. In addition, they will be setting up a website where this information will be placed.

2. The tests are not limited to the subways. They will also be testing ABOVE GROUND in order to track the flow of these gases through the streets of New York’s five boroughs. (This means that whether someone is in the subways, walking in the streets, driving their car or in their home or office, they will be breathing in these gases.)

3. Information about the locations where the gases will be released will not be made public.

4. Seven different perfluorocarbons will be used, but the exact ones will not be made public. (This is noteworthy because some perfluorocarbons are considered to be far more dangerous than others.)

5. How much of these gases will be dispersed at the different locations will also not be made public. Ms. Cordtz did assure me that the amount would be in parts per million even though she would not say how much would actually be released at each site.

6. The results of the tests will only be given to the NYPD, but not to the general public.

7. I asked her which government health officials have certified that the perfluorocarbons that will be used are in fact safe. She indicated that while no government health official has certified that these perfluorocarbons are safe, the scientists at BNL have been working with these gases for many years. I asked her which of those scientists has publicly certified that the perfluorocarbons to be used are safe, but she could not name any. She did say that she could look into that.

8. The BNL press release states the following: “Perfluorocarbon tracer gases (PFTs) present no health or environmental hazard.” I asked Ms. Cordtz about this claim in light of the various websites including wikipedia, which point out studies linking perfluorocarbons to: infertility, menopause, birth defects, liver damage and thyroid damage among others. In addition, it is a greenhouse gas that can damage the environment. Ms. Cordtz questioned the reliability of such websites and stated that she was not a scientist and that she could find a scientist on their staff who could better address such questions.

To summarize:

· The tests will be done below ground in the subways and above ground on the streets.

· The public WILL NOT be told where theses gases will be released.

· The public WILL NOT be told what quantity they will be released in.

· The public WILL NOT be told the names of the 7 perfluorocarbons that will be used.

· The public WILL NOT be told the results of the test.

· No government health official or BNL scientist has thus far publicly certified that the perfluorocarbons that will be used are in fact safe.

Notes:
Given the fact so much vital information is being withheld it would be very difficult to asses any ill effects that the public might experience from this test. If there is a dramatic increase in infertility, birth defects, liver damage etc, it would be hard for anyone to establish a link between the perfluorocarbons used in this test and their condition.

Any harm to the environment including the water supply and wildlife, would also be hard to assess given all of the secrecy. A test of this size, involving millions of people should require far greater transparency and a public debate before it is initiated. I have provided some references below which discuss the dangers linked to perfluorocarbons.

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New York City Police Department and Brookhaven Lab to Conduct Airflow Study In New York City Streets and Subways This Summer
http :// http://www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=11532

Exposure to Perfluorocarbons is Linked to the Onset of Menopause
http :// http://www.naturalhealthresearch.org/nhri/?p=7491

Fluorocarbon
Environmental and health concerns
http ://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorocarbon

Epidemiologic Evidence on the Health Effects of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
http :// http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2920088/?report=classic

Perfluorocarbons May Disrupt Hormones, Menopause
http :// http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/perfluorocarbons-may-disrupt-hormones-menopause

Knox et al 2011: Perfluorocarbon exposure, gender and thyroid function in the C8 Health Project.
http ://drinkingwateradvisor.com/2011/08/09/knox-et-al-2011-perfluorocarbon-exposure-gender-and-thyroid-function-in-the-c8-health-project/

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Greenhouse gas

Mauna Loa sulfur hexafluoride timeseries:

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, SF6 is the most potent greenhouse gas that it has evaluated, with a global warming potential of 23,900 [14] times that of CO2 when compared over a 100-year period.

Measurements of SF6 show that its global average mixing ratio has increased by about 0.2 ppt per year to over 7 ppt. [15] Sulfur hexafluoride is also extremely long-lived, is inert in the troposphere and stratosphere and has an estimated atmospheric lifetime of 800–3200 years. [16] SF6 is very stable (for countries reporting their emissions to the UNFCCC, a GWP of 23,900 for SF6 was suggested at the third Conference of the Parties: GWP used in Kyoto protocol ). [17] Average global SF6 concentrations increased by about seven percent per year during the 1980s and 1990s, mostly as the result of its use in the magnesium production industry, and by electrical utilities and electronics manufacturers. Given the low amounts of SF6 released compared to In Europe, SF6 falls under the F-Gas directive which ban or control its usage for several applications.

Since 1 January 2006, SF6 is banned as a tracer gas and in all applications except high-voltage switchgear . [19] It was reported in 2013 that a three-year effort by the United States Department of Energy to identify and fix leaks at its laboratories in the United States such as the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where the gas is used as a high voltage insulator, had been productive, cutting annual leaks by 35,000 pounds. This was done by comparing purchases with inventory, assuming the difference was leaked, then locating and fixing the leaks. [3]

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From toxicology specialist Dr. Robert Simon:

The key sentence is the last sentence. How will NYPD control how much any person will inhale? Displacing oxygen in the lungs could be fatal for those with pulmonary disease, heart disease, etc. This experiment in the NY Subway system is a very poor choice of a test site. For such an experiment there must be a controlled population where the adverse health effects of SF6 can be known and monitored. Just releasing it into the subway without any knowledge of the health of persons who may be in the subway at the same time is unacceptable.

Bob Simon

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Physiological effects and precautions

As with all gases, the density of SF6 affects the resonance frequencies of the vocal tract, thus changing drastically the vocal sound qualities, or timbre, of those who inhale it. On the other hand, it does not affect the vibrations of the vocal folds. The density of sulfur hexafluoride is relatively high at room temperature and pressure due to the gas’s large molar mass. Unlike helium, which has a molar mass of about 4 grams/mol and gives the voice a childish and “Donald Duck” quality, SF6 has a molar mass of about 146 g/mol, and the velocity of sound through the gas is 0.44 times the speed of sound in air due to the large inertia of a SF6 molecule. For comparison, the molar mass of air, which is about 80% nitrogen and 20% oxygen, is approximately 30 g/mol. Inhalation of SF6 causes a lowering of the timbre, or frequency of the formants, of the vocal tract, by contrast with inhalation of helium, which raises it. [20]
Like helium, sulfur hexafluoride is a non-toxic gas, yet by displacing oxygen in the lungs, it also carries the risk of asphyxia if too much is inhaled. [21]

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