An estimated 75 percent of Americans are exposed to harmful levels of copper, a chemical used to make copper solder, a copper solder used to coat electrical wiring and other items, according to a new report from the Consumer Reports Institute.
The institute found that up to 15 percent of households may not even know they are exposed, because most don’t think of copper as a problem.
In fact, some consumers think copper is not a problem at all.
For example, a 2012 study by researchers at the University of Utah found that people who did not know they were exposed to copper often didn’t tell family members about their exposure.
“We were able to do this by showing that people did not care, or were unaware of their copper exposure,” said Sarah O’Donnell, a professor at the College of Environmental Sciences at UC Davis who led the study.
In addition to the harmful effects of copper on human health, the Institute found that copper is also a problem in the environment.
Copper is used to insulate copper wiring and to make the copper solder for the wires.
“A lot of the copper in the world is used in residential and commercial electrical equipment, and there’s a lot of copper used in the residential environment,” said O’Brien.
“The question is, how are we getting rid of it?”
The Institute released a report this month titled Copper in the Kitchen: The State of the Future.
The report found that while the copper used for household wiring was used in some of the world’s oldest buildings, many of the new homes in the United States were built with copper-filled joints.
Many of these homes had copper pipes, and the Institute said that most Americans were unaware that copper could be used in many homes.
Many consumers think that copper isn’t a problem, even though it is, the report said.
“Copper is not an issue for the majority of households,” said Deborah L. Williams, a co-author of the report.
“Most households have no idea that copper can be used for a variety of applications.
Copper has been used for years for electrical wiring in kitchens, as well as for cooking and baking, in many parts of the country.
We’re not suggesting that copper should be phased out.”
A report by the Environmental Protection Agency, released in June, said that in 2015, the EPA was investigating the use of copper in food.
It found that in some cases, copper was being used to solder electrical wires to foods.
In many cases, it found that the copper wire was not copper-free, which is the most important distinction between copper- and non-ferrous-based wiring.
“There is no silver-lining for the consumer when it comes to copper,” said Dr. Williams.
“It’s the problem that most people don’t realize is occurring.”
If you or someone you know is living with a copper-containing home, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Consumer Product Protection Act requires companies to report on the use and disposal of copper.
Consumers also have a right to sue over the copper that they’re using, and to receive a full refund if the problem is fixed.