Target: Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York CEO Thomas F. Prendergast
Goal: Publish known potential risks of gas experiments on humans and animals so that the public may more easily connect subsequent health problems to the subway system
Recently, commuters on the New York City subway system were handed flyers informing them that they were unwittingly participating in a gas experiment being conducted in the air ducts of the subway. Researchers are dispersing low concentrations of perfluorocarbons at stations in the five boroughs of New York City for thirty minutes each morning on three mornings in July.
The experiments are being performed quietly enough, with only an excerpt published on the MTA homepage notifying passengers 24 hours in advance of the dates and times that the gas is to be released into the air ducts. The flyers notifying passengers were the result of anonymous activists wishing to inform commuters more directly and successfully of their own participation in the experiments. For commuters planning their daily trek to work who don’t regularly check the MTA web site for notifications on institutionalized gassing and yet do not wish to participate as guinea pigs in a scientific experiment, this situation poses a real problem.
The MTA web site asserts that the perfluorocarbons being released into the system are harmless to humans, but the research is sparse. The effects of this gas on humans are still not fully understood, and the MTA is pumping it into the air ducts on 21 subway lines. More disturbingly, animal testing indicates that the gas can cause tumors, failure in reproductive organs, and alter liver and thyroid production. Whether or not this indicates a negative effect on humans, hundreds of animals ride the subway every day in the company of their owners.
Please sign this petition to demand that the MTA warn commuters about the potential negative health risks of the gas experiments performed on commuters and their companion animals, and to do more to inform their customers of these experiments to empower them to choose not to participate.
Dear Thomas F. Prendergast,
During the month of July, some gas experiments were performed on unwitting commuters on 21 subway lines in the five boroughs of New York City. These experiments were performed quietly, with little information given to passengers and only a small effort made to inform your customers. For those customers who do not have access to Internet or who do not check the MTA web site daily, the information was entirely lost to them.
Please publish and manually distribute an exhaustive list of the known negative health effects of perfluorocarbons on humans and animals, and be sure to include the fact that research on humans is sparse. You made the decision to allow these gases to be pumped into the subway’s air system, and you must be held responsible for all negative consequences of these experiments.
[Your Name Here]
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