Re: [EF!] Press Conf. City Hall Tues. 7/23 3 pm re: Release of Gasses in NYC Subways, Streets
- i sent this out as widely as i could, to some mds and many bcd's. very interested in what happened. is there a report you can share. thanks
On Jul 23, 2013, at 8:44 AM, Mitchel Cohen <mitchelcohen@...> wrote:
> Would you please help send this out widely .... and also show up, if you can!
> CONTACT: Mitchel Cohen/Cathryn Swan -- No Spray Coalition <info@...>
> Phone # 646.713.7281
> NO SPRAY COALITION OPPOSES THE RELEASE OF PERFLUROCARBON GASSES IN
> NYC SUBWAYS AND ON CITY'S STREETS
> ***The No Spray Coalition will be holding a press conference on the
> steps of NY City Hall, Tuesday, July 23rd, 3 p.m. ***
> The No Spray Coalition objects to the release of unnamed, potentially
> harmful perflurocarbon gasses in New York City subways, buses and
> streets. Brookhaven National Laboratory is releasing these gases
> under a $3.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security
> and in conjunction with the New York City Police Department and U.S.
> Department of Energy (DOE).
> Without consent, New Yorkers are being experimented on via the
> subways and streets of the five boroughs of New York City over a
> three day period during the month of July 2013.
> This first release of perflurocarbons in the subways and streets
> under the program deemed "S-SAFE" -- Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange
> -- began July 9, with less than the stated 24-hour notice; the the
> second was Friday, July 19th -- there is one more day of gas releases
> which will be taking place sometime before the end of the month.
> While the stated goal of these experiments -- tracking airflow
> patterns in the subways and on the streets to best predict what might
> happen if a terrorist released deadly chemical, biological or
> radiological agents in the city -- may have some merit, this does not
> justify the potential health and environmental risks of the
> perfluorocarbon gases that will be used in these experiments, the
> meager information to and review by the public, nor the lack of
> proper oversight and approval by local and national health agencies.
> There are already enough studies and models of air dispersions; this
> study is not needed.
> Scientific studies have linked Perfluorocarbons to infertility in
> women, menopause, birth defects, liver damage and thyroid damage
> among other conditions. We do not consent to New Yorkers being
> exposed to gases that can potentially cause such harms. The city and
> state have many other options such as using computer models, studying
> the gas attack that took place in Japan, installing air monitors in
> every subway station, etc.
> While NYPD officials have declared the unspecified gasses to be
> "safe", David Carpenter, Institute for Health and Environment, Univ.
> at Albany, says otherwise:
> "Perfluorocarbons are dangerous substances. PFOS and PFOA have been
> best studied, as they are the major components in Telfon and
> Scotchgard, but it is likely that the whole family of fluorocarbons
> have similar adverse health effects. They are being shown to
> interfere with cognitive function in children, and in promoting
> ADHD-type behavioral changes. They have been known to increase risk
> of cancer for a long time, starting with study of 3M workers, and now
> are being found to increase risk of the metabolic syndrome and
> diabetes even in adolescents as well as adults. They interfere with
> thyroid function. These all is addition to being potent greenhouse
> gases and depleters of the ozone layer. They are soluble in water,
> unlike many of the other persistent chemicals like PCBs and DDT. So I
> see no justification for their use in looking at patterns of air flow
> in subways!"
> Toxicology specialist Dr. Robert Simon has issued statements
> concurring with Dr. Carpenter here.
> The No Spray Coalition objects to the fact that there have been no
> public hearings on the health and environmental risks for this study
> of the release and dispersal of perfluorocarbons, which are also
> greenhouse gases. There has been no environmental impact statement.
> The NYPD will not make the names of the specific 7 perfluorocarbons
> to be used available to the public. We object to the cloak of secrecy
> over how these gases will be released and at which subway stations
> and street locations.
> United States Code (USC) 1520a under the heading: Restrictions on use
> of human subjects for testing of chemical or biological agents,
> states the following:
> "The Secretary of Defense may conduct a test or experiment described
> in subsection (b) of this section only if informed consent to the
> testing was obtained from each human subject in advance of the
> testing on that subject."
> This law makes it clear that informed consent is required before any
> experiments can be conducted on American citizens. This has not been
> done with respect to the tests planned for New York City subways and
> streets. The public has not even been told which perfluorocarbons
> will be used which makes informed consent impossible.
> Brookhaven National Laboratory has said that there will be one
> non-perfluorocarbon chemical used as well, but will not say what it
> is! Similar studies have used Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), a
> non-perfluorocarbon, which displaces oxygen in the lungs, thus
> carrying the risk of asphyxia if too much is inhaled. This could be
> fatal for those with pulmonary disease, heart disease, etc.
> The No Spray Coalition demands that these experiments on the people
> of New York City cease immediately and public hearings be held
> regarding the safety of these gases, as part of a proper
> environmental and health review. We do not give consent to being
> experimented upon.
> The No Spray Coalition was founded in 1999 in opposition to the City
> of New York's mass spraying of Malathion, Piperonyl Butoxide,
> Pyrethroids and other dangerous pesticides to kill mosquitoes said to
> be carrying West Nile Virus. The Coalition filed a lawsuit against
> the NYC government at the time, and proposed safer alternative ways
> of repelling mosquitoes. We were successful in achieving a favorable
> settlement with the New York City government 7 years later, under the
> Clean Water Act.
> * * *
> More information and "I Do Not Consent" form can be found here:
> No Spray Coalition web site: <http://nospray.org/>http://nospray.org
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