New Yorkers as Guinea Pigs? (No offense to Guinea Pigs) — Less than 12 Hr Notice before Release of Gases in NYC Subways / Streets

Despite Brookhaven Labs and NYPD assuring a 24 hour notice, a “Notify NYC” went out at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, July 8th for “sampling” and “release” of gasses to begin at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9th. Notice how the “in addition” section contains the most pertinent information.

Notification issued 7/8/13 at 7:15 PM.

Brookhaven National Laboratory with NYPD will begin installing air sampling equipment Tuesday morning as part of a study called “Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange.” Air sampling will be conducted in parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and in Manhattan.

In addition, researchers will disperse low concentrations of harmless gases known as perfluorocarbons at several subway and street-level locations in Manhattan for 30 minutes only during the morning. Data from the study will help first responders to better understand how airborne contaminants can travel through the system and enable them to develop emergency responses based on the results. 

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On the new Brookhaven National Lab site, sometime mid-to-late afternoon or evening 7/8, a notice for tomorrow 7/9 went up (sometime after 2 p.m. an announcement went up for 6 a.m. tomorrow):

Tuesday, July 9, will be an S-SAFE study day. The public may notice the installation of testing equipment beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

S-SAFE. So clever.

But is it? And why no 24 hour notice as previously stated? Were they worried that word was spreading in a negative manner?