U.S. Companies Stop Using Chemical, But Its Replacement Is Causing Concerns

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MERRIMACK, N.H. — A new kind of water contamination has shown up all over the United States, including in New England.

This time it’s not lead, — as was the case in Flint Michigan — but a chemical used to manufacture everything from Teflon pans to firefighting foam. It's forced some communities to hand out bottled water and shut down their water systems.

Although companies have stopped using this chemical because of potential health risks, a new replacement chemical is also causing concerns.

This story is a production of the New England News Collaborative and originally aired on New Hampshire Public Radio

This segment aired on June 15, 2016.


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