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James Pinta

Adjunct Faculty
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Environmental Science and Management

Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4749


B.A. Geology, Lawrence University
M.S. Geological Sciences, University of Wisconsin
Ph.D. Geochemistry and Mineralogy, Pennsylvania State University
Professional Background

James Pinta, Jr., Ph.D., P.G. earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Lawrence University in 1973. He earned a Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry-Mineralogy from Penn State in 1981. He earned a certificate in Groundwater Science from Ohio State University/NGWA in 1993. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has worked for GAF in their mineral products exploration, production and research divisions, for Gulf Oil in coal and oil shale product research and development, and for Chevron conducting organic geochemical research for exploration development.

In 1987, he started consulting in the environmental field, specializing in site characterization, contaminant assessment, contaminant source identification, assessment, contaminant fate and transport analysis, risk assessment, manufacturing plant deactivation and decommissioning, regulatory compliance, and remediation planning, evaluation, and implementation. He assists clients with regulatory requirements, environmental liability assessments, environmental cleanups (including cleanups related to Marcellus Shale drilling operations) and Brownfield Redevelopment projects. He is employed by Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. where he manages a group of scientists, geologists and engineers conducting site assessments, liability evaluations, and site remediations.

He has taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology), La Roche College (Environmental Geology and Environmental Chemistry), and Duquesne University Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Management (Introduction to Environmental Science, Regulatory Requirements, Hazardous and Solid Waste Pollution Prevention and Control, and Hydrogeology).