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CORRECTION: Flyer About NYPD Releasing Perfluorocarbon Gas into Subway is Fake But the Gas Part is Real

by , 07/11/13

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On Tuesday, Inhabitat published an article reporting that the MTA distributed a flyer thanking NYC train riders for participating in an NYPD study where perfluorocarbon gas would be pumped into the subway system. Yesterday, we learned that the flyer itself was not an official MTA communication, and was actually handed out by an unknown party. While the flyer was unauthorized, the gas tests, called the Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange program, are real and trace amounts of perfluorocarbon gas will, in fact, be introduced into the subway system on certain dates in July.

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  1. sampag July 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Yup. And the study doesn’t use harmful PFCs either! http://www.bnl.gov/s-safe/perfluorocarbon.php :

    Hoax Literature: Flyers designed to mislead Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) customers about the Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange (S-SAFE) study are being mass produced and posted at various locations in the subway system, and some have subsequently been circulated online. This hoax literature is purposely designed to resemble official agency communications, and lists false claims about health effects supposedly linked to the perfluorocarbon tracer gases used in the S-SAFE study.

    The perfluorocarbon tracer gases used at very low concentrations in the S-SAFE study are stable, inert, nonreactive, and nontoxic even at much higher concentrations. Some acidic, reactive chemicals in the perfluorocarbon family, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), are thought to be potentially harmful to human health, are not effective for use as tracer gases, and ARE NOT being used in the S-SAFE study.

  2. sciguy July 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Yup. And the study doesn’t use harmful PFCs: http://www.bnl.gov/s-safe/perfluorocarbon.php :

    Hoax Literature: Flyers designed to mislead Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) customers about the Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange (S-SAFE) study are being mass produced and posted at various locations in the subway system, and some have subsequently been circulated online. This hoax literature is purposely designed to resemble official agency communications, and lists false claims about health effects supposedly linked to the perfluorocarbon tracer gases used in the S-SAFE study.

    The perfluorocarbon tracer gases used at very low concentrations in the S-SAFE study are stable, inert, nonreactive, and nontoxic even at much higher concentrations. Some acidic, reactive chemicals in the perfluorocarbon family, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), are thought to be potentially harmful to human health, are not effective for use as tracer gases, and ARE NOT being used in the S-SAFE study.

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