No Spray Coalition protests gas tests in New York City subways
Perfluorocarbons have been released twice in July, with one more test upcoming, in order to test air flow exchange and determine what would happen to released contaminants during a terrorist attack. Perfluorocarbons have been linked to infertility in women, menopause, birth defects, liver damage, thyroid damage and other conditions. The No Spray Coalition is protesting this test because of the potential harm the Perfluorocarbons could cause.
"Perfluorocarbons are dangerous substances," David Carpenter, from the Institute for Health and Environment, University at Albany, said. "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."
The No Spray Coalition is also protesting the fact that there have been no public hearings regarding the tests, which is required by United States Code 1520a. Another issue with the test is that Perfluorocarbons are a green house gas and there was no release of an environmental impact report.
The No Spray Coalition said that because of the risk of the Perfluorocarbons and sufficient data from previous tests the subway gas tests should be stopped.