Mr. Paul Becks

Mr. Paul Becks

Title: Senior Lecturer, CPG, LRS
Research Specialty: Environmental consulting
Dept/Program: Geosciences
Office: CRH 321
Phone: 330 972-7631
Fax: 330 972-7611
Email: pbecks@uakron.edu


Research Accomplishments

Specialty

Environmental consulting

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Professional Geologist, American Institute of Professional Geologists, CPG-10928, 2005
  • Licensed Remediation Specialist, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, LRS #225, 2008

Overview

Paul M. Becks, President/Environmental Geologist - Site Environmental Consulting, LLC, has over 20 years of experience in Phase I environmental assessments, Phase II subsurface investigations, remediation, and environmental compliance.

He has conducted and managed Phase I environmental assessments, Phase II subsurface investigations, and evaluated remedial options for soil and groundwater, supervised underground storage tank (UST) removals, and collected soil and groundwater samples at sites in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana. 

Mr. Becks also addresses compliance issues related to storm water, groundwater, and hazardous waste.  This includes preparing Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention (SWPP) plans, and the closure of hazardous waste units under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 

He has extensive experience in field activities and report development involving the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (Ohio EPA) Voluntary Action Program (VAP) and has working knowledge of regulatory guidelines and requirements affecting environmental management and remediation, including those of RCRA, Ohio EPA VAP, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Land Recycling Program (Act 2), Ohio State Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP), and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Publications

Spongberg, A.L. and P. Becks.  2000.  Organic Contamination in Soils Associated with Cemeteries. Journal of Soil Contamination. 9(2):87-97.

Spongberg, A.L. and P. Becks.  2000.  Inorganic Contamination from Cemetery Leachate.  Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 117:313-327.

Becks, Paul M. and Spongberg, Alison L. 1997. Soil and Groundwater Contamination from Cemetery Leachate.  Master’s Thesis. University of Toledo.

Becks, Paul M. 1996. Soil and Groundwater Contamination from Cemetery Leachate. Paper presented at the 19th Midwest Environmental Chemistry Workshop, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.


Education

  • M.S., Geology with emphasis in Geochemistry, The University of Toledo, 1997
  • B.S., Geology, The University of Akron, 1993

Courses

  • Earth Science (3370:100)
  • Environmental Geology (3370:200)
  • Introduction to Environmental Science (3370:211)