Copper’s Benefits Supported by Scientific Research – Part II

October 20th, 2014 No comments

Roof Runoff Study Shows Progress in Mitigating Copper’s Effects on the Environment

By Joe Gorsuch, Copper Development Association (CDA) Manager, Health, Environment and Sustainable Development and Kevin Rader, Project Manager at Mutch Associates, LLC.

 

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Copper’s Benefits Supported by Scientific Research – Part I

October 18th, 2014 No comments

By Joe Gorsuch, Copper Development Association (CDA) Manager, Health Environment and Sustainable Development

Editor’s Note:   The Copper Development Association consistently studies and evaluates copper’s many uses for the benefit of all humanity and the environment around us.  The CDA makes significant contributions to many different fields of study that deeply impact and improve human life, from health and medicine to transportation, from energy to emissions, and from groundwater to space exploration.  The list is lengthy and all-encompassing because copper is part of our daily lives.   Read more…

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Washington State’s Department of Ecology Releases Findings on Stormwater Roof Runoff

July 7th, 2014 No comments

By Joe Gorsuch,  Copper Development Association (CDA), Manager, Health, Environment and Sustainable Development

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently released a report highlighting the preliminary results of a stormwater roof runoff study. Ecology researchers sampled stormwater runoff after 10 rainstorm events February – April 2013, and a second 10 events from October – February 2014, on roofing test panels near Olympia, Washington.  Stormwater comes from rain or melting snow that runs off surfaces – roofs, paved roads or fields. The stormwater can pick up pollutants or certain chemicals as it travels into a body of surface water, like a stream, bay or lake. Read more…

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Study Delivers “One-Two Punch” on Stormwater Runoff from Copper Roofs

May 23rd, 2014 No comments

By Joe Gorsuch, Copper Development Association (CDA), Manager, Health, Environment and Sustainable Development

A Towson University study that uses planter boxes and swales to reduce the adverse effects of copper in stormwater has provided a successful “one-two punch” in reducing the concentrations of the metal in roof runoff.  Read more…

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Misclassification of Copper: What the Scientific Studies Say (Part II)

April 4th, 2014 No comments

By Joe Gorsuch, Copper Development Association (CDA), Manager, Health, Environment and Sustainable Development, and Dr. Joe Meyer, ARCADIS Technical Expert

Architects and building construction professionals in recent years have been increasingly concerned about using copper as a building material and have incorrectly classified it as a “chemical of concern,” although it is not included in the official list identified by the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency. We believe architects, developers and contractors have incorrectly moved toward a decision-making process based on potential hazards, rather than risks. We’ll explore what the scientific evidence shows in this blog. Read more…

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Misclassification of Copper in Building Construction: Risks vs. Hazards (Part I)

March 28th, 2014 No comments

Joe Meyer

Joe Gorsuch

By Joe Gorsuch, Copper Development Association (CDA), Manager, Health, Environment and Sustainable Development, and Dr. Joe Meyer, ARCADIS Technical Expert

Joe Gorsuch works with environmental regulations and the collection of ecological toxicity data.  For 30 years prior to joining the CDA in 2009, he worked with Kodak, conducting environmental effects and stability studies in the laboratory and outdoors to register chemicals for the photographic industry. 

Joe Meyer is a Technical Expert for ARCADIS, an international organization that provides consultancy, design, engineering and management services in the infrastructure, water, environment and building fields. Joe is a former professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. While at UW, Joe was involved with U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board activities in both aquatic toxicity and water quality programs. Read more…

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