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Teflon’s Old Cancer Ties Stoke New Fears on U.S. Rivers

July 6, 2017, 1:16 PM

On a cool spring morning last year, Jason Galloway lugged his father’s kayak up to the edge of the Ohio River and slid it into the calm water. This wasn’t a pleasure trip. Galloway, by his own admission, isn’t very skilled with an oar in his hands and, to make matters worse, can’t swim.

He had come to gather water samples at spots in the river downstream from the Chemours Co. plant in Parkersburg, W.V. And what he says he found is adding to growing concerns over a new generation of chemicals—designed to be safer than the old ones—that Chemours ...