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Corrosion-Related Copper Toxicity - Arizona

A woman purchased a new home in Tucson, Arizona. She allegedly became ill after moving into the new home, and an environmental consultant (with no corrosion experience) concluded that copper in the drinking water was making her ill. It was further alleged that the steel framing of the house, which was electrically connected to the copper water pipe, was responsible for accelerated corrosion of the copper piping.

A central issue in the case was whether steel would accelerate the corrosion of copper, as it is generally understood that steel will corrode to protect the copper (just the opposite).

Dr. Fox is a nationally recognized metallurgy expert, corrosion expert and failure analysis expert who has published numerous peer-reviewed, scientific papers in these fields. He worked for years as a bench scientist and a research manager in the fields of corrosion, metallurgy and failure analysis of materials in nuclear reactors.