Elizabeth Becker, Senior Scientist, Owner
Elizabeth Becker has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and twenty-one years of industrial experience with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her past experience includes six years of pharmaceutical analysis, including methods development, and three years in charge of an environmental analysis laboratory. The laboratory used EPA methodology to analyze water and wastewater, as well as to screen for contaminants including ethylene oxide, nitrosamines, and priority pollutants. In twelve years as an environmental, health and safety professional, she has interfaced with research, scale-up, production, maintenance, and engineering departments, and has performed oversight of several NPDES wastewater treatment facilities to insure the proper use, storage and disposal of production-related industrial chemicals. In addition, she served as a member of the ORSANCO (Ohio River Sanitation Commission) River Users Task Force for five years, where a consortium of industries and utilities proposed, reviewed and funded research projects to assess the environmental impacts of industrial practices.
Dr. Becker joined CERM in 2002, where her current duties include screening-level hazard assessments of new chemicals utilizing the EPA/OPPT’s P2 Framework tools of chemical properties/environmental fate/aquatic toxicity estimation such as EPI Suite, PBT Profiler, and the cancer expert system OncoLogic. She also conducts environmental release and occupational/consumer exposure screening using ChemSTEER and E-FAST, computer modeling programs which estimate exposures of people and the environment to industrial chemicals in order to assign values for potential risk. Her training and experience in the P2 Framework models and methodologies includes the assessment of more than fifty chemicals for both large and small chemical companies. As of 2003, she has begun training selected industrial and regulatory groups in the use of the PBT Profiler, at the invitation of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ); the Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology & Safe Materials Institute (CMTI), Purdue University; University of Southern Indiana; and the USEPA.
Dr. Becker has complemented her knowledge of numerous chemical data sources with experience in searching STN for chemical entities by name and structure. Dr. Becker has experience in and a working understanding of TSCA, particularly the requirements for a complete and accurate PMN submission. She has successfully worked with clients to complete PMNs for submission, especially when they have been integrated with EPA/OPPT P2 Framework assessments and other sustainable chemistry principles.
Dr. Becker is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Water Environment Federation, and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.