NBC New York explains that the chemical gas, which is derived from the waste of aluminum processing plants, was sprayed into subway tunnels at such low concentrations that nobody was expected to become injured by them, at least according to the so-called experts. In fact, most of the mainstream media sources reporting the story have declared the gas to be “safe.”
PFCs linked to a host of chronic health problems in humans
But numerous safety data sheets on perfluorocarbons tell a much different story, as do various studies that have evaluated the chemical’s effects on mammals over the years. As it turns out, perfluorocarbons have been shown in at least one randomized trial to cause respiratory distress syndrome, acute lung injury, and other health problems when inhaled.
Other studies have linked perfluorocarbon exposure to early menopause in women, as well as endocrine disruption, liver damage, reproductive problems, and cancer in the general population. The chemical is also exceptionally pervasive, and a major contributor to greenhouse gas buildup in the atmosphere.
And yet both the NYPD and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which heavily backed the project, continue to insist that people’s worries are unwarranted. Concentrations of perfluorocarbon used in the study were too low to cause harm, they claim. And once the gas mixes with the general atmosphere, it will be virtually undetectable, or so goes the argument.