When it comes to environmental contamination of real estate, the legal principle of “you break it, you buy it” does not apply – in fact, the reality is much worse! Under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) legislation (commonly known as Superfund), as well as state laws like Massachusetts’ C. 21E,...Read more
We are Cooperstown Environmental
Cooperstown Environmental is a business with big-city expertise in all areas of environmental engineering. We really know our stuff when it comes to environmental engineering consulting services and the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program.
When oil and hazardous materials are found, somebody has to clean it up. We hope that somebody is us. We are Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) who are well versed in complying with the intricate regulations of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) and can help guide you through the process in a practical way.
We like to say that we turn Brownfields Green – both your property and your bank account! According to Massachusetts Department of Revenue statistics, Cooperstown Environmental has been the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards for three years in row. Whether you have a contaminated property you’d like cleaned up for reuse, or you’ve already completed a project and want to seek a rebate –
you’re at the right place!
Sub Slab Depressurization Systems are used to counteract vapor intrusion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into occupied buildings and protect the health of residents and workers. Cooperstown is a leading expert in this emerging field. Our services range from site assessments of contamination to identify the need for an SSDS, to system design, implementation, and operation. A particular expertise is the telemetry system that communicates with regulatory agencies and site owners to ensure proper SSDS operation 24/7/365. Hire Cooperstown – and breathe easier!
You might say we get the gold medal when it comes to red tape. We not only speak the language of government regulations, we also know what it takes to meet the requirements they set – all while helping you improve performance with regard to environmental goals.
Actually, there’s a little more to real estate than location, location, location – especially if the location might be affected by contamination. How do you know whether the property has an environmental issue? What are the risks involved during sale or acquisition? And what do you do about it? We can help.
Underground storage tanks (USTs) are a common source of environmental impact – and regulations with regard to their removal are strict. We can provide services for all tanks, including the removal, replacement, or upgrade of existing tanks and remediating leaks.
Helping you navigate the Brownfields Tax Credit application program is an important part of what we do. We don’t stop there; in fact, often we don’t start there. Call on our Brownfields Redevelopment experience to help you maximize your future Brownfield credits while minimizing site redevelopment costs. Contaminated soil management often is the largest cost component of a Brownfields redevelopment project, and our depth of experience and industry contacts can preserve your capital.
When it comes to the environment, it’s not enough just to make things better. The key is to make sure they stay that way. Cooperstown Environmental is committed to creating and expanding programs that promote sustainability.
Sometimes engineers perform tasks you might not expect, like testifying in court or providing an educational presentation to a municipal audience. At Cooperstown Environmental, it’s all in a day’s work – which means we go all out to provide high-quality service that meets the specific needs of our clients.
Challenging new projects. Creative yet practical solutions. Innovative ways to protect the planet – one property at a time. Catch up on the latest news from Cooperstown Environmental here.
29th November 201623rd October 2016
What You Need to Know: Telemetry for Sub Slab Depressurization Systems Our last SSDS blog post described vapor intrusion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the role that sub slab depressurization systems (SSD systems or SSDS) are taking in maintaining safe conditions for building occupants. Vapor intrusion occurs when vapors from VOCs in soil or...Read more11th October 2016
Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Lisa Scott has joined the company as Project Geologist. Lisa graduated from Dartmouth College with a Master of Science in Geology. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colgate University. Lisa, an Andover resident, previously worked as an environmental consultant in Vermont and Massachusetts conducting monitoring...Read more
29th September 2016
ANDOVER, MA – Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed a 385-kW rooftop solar photovoltaic installation at 95 Haverhill Road in Amesbury, Massachusetts. The installation is complete and the system was placed in service on September 30, 2016. The panels are expected to produce more than 450,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of clean, renewable...Read more25th September 2016
Introduction – Why Sub Slab Depressurization is the “new big thing.” Environmental contamination of soil and groundwater is an unfortunate but common fact. Releases of oil and hazardous materials from spills, tank leaks, past industrial disposal practices, or accidents have resulted in conditions that potentially can affect the health of residents and workers. Whether you...Read more25th August 2016
BU, Northeastern, and Wellesley Await Final Decision A high profile Massachusetts lawsuit regarding the denial of Brownfields Tax Credits has been wending its way through the legal system over the past year and now sits in the lap of an Appeals Court judge. Recent filings by the defendant Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) and the...Read more
01st August 2016
Cooperstown Environmental was pleased to have been invited for the fourth year in a row to participate in the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS2) career fair held at Phillips Academy. Since 1977, MS2 has been bringing students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to Andover to spend their summers not only studying math and science,...Read more22nd July 2016
Cooperstown Environmental LLC, an environmental consulting firm based in Andover, Massachusetts, wishes to congratulate its employee, Eric Gulbicki, the 2016 recipient of the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSP) Scholarship. The purpose of the LSPA scholarships is to support continued education in the environmental field in Massachusetts and the New England Region. These scholarships are available...Read more15th March 2016
Sub slab depressurization systems (SSD Systems or SSDSs) in Massachusetts require telemetry systems to communicate with system owners and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). This requirement is relatively new (2014) and MassDEP has been working cooperatively with the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) to ensure that the regulations are effective, workable, and compliant....Read more
23rd February 2016
The solar photovoltaic energy market in Massachusetts is in disarray due to uncertainty in both the Solar Carve-Out II Program, better known as SREC II, and the net metering program. For both programs, the capacity limits set by the state have apparently been reached in part or in whole. Over the coming days, greater clarity...Read more09th February 2016
In a shocking and potentially disastrous announcement on Friday, February 5, 2016, Michael Judge, the Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), explained that the full capacity of the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (better known as SREC II) may have been reached for projects larger than 25 kW...Read more
Thinking of Preparing Your Own Brownfields Tax Credit Application? Cautionary Tales for Do It Yourselfers (DIYers)26th January 2016
ANDOVER, MA – Massachusetts has a robust package of liability protections and financial incentives for developers of properties, commonly known as “Brownfields,” which have been impacted by the presence or suspicion of environmental contamination. Due to the legacy of past uses, properties in areas across the state meet this definition. One of the best incentives that is...Read more
19th January 2016
Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed rooftop solar photovoltaic installations on two Reading Cooperative Bank branches in North Reading and Wilmington, Massachusetts. With a placed in service date of November 2015, the systems are already producing clean, renewable energy – a projected 45,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Cooperstown’s client was Park Middlesex LLC,...Read more28th December 2015
For the fourth consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics just released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Once again, nearly two-thirds of the Brownfields tax credit recipients were clients of Cooperstown Environmental LLC, according to the state’s Tax Credit Transparency...Read more23rd December 2015
As LSPs, we know that keeping track of policy changes is critical. Luckily for Cooperstown, our Project Manager Isaac Anderson co-chairs the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) Technical Practice Committee (TPC), a committee dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in the practice. Currently the TPC is partnering with MassDEP to streamline the telemetry...Read more
02nd December 2015
Due to continued growth, Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has added Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and Professional Geologist, Jim Young, to the Andover-based environmental consulting firm. With more than 25 years of professional experience, Mr. Young was in the original class of LSPs licensed upon creation of the program in 1993. LSPs are experienced...Read more16th November 2015
A closely watched Massachusetts Superior Court case regarding Brownfields Tax Credit applications has been decided in favor of three Boston-area colleges, setting the stage for the schools to collect more than $16 million of the state tax credits. In 2012, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Wellesley College each independently applied to the Massachusetts Department of...Read more10th November 2015
Maybe you’ve heard: Boston is in the midst of an unprecedented building boom. According to the Boston Globe, we are in the third “great age of development” of the city, and this one, focused on residential development, has no rival in terms of construction volume. Not surprising, then, that real-estate site Trulia recently ranked Boston as...Read more
12th October 2015
Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Eric Andrews has joined the company as a Project Engineer. Eric graduated in 2014 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Previously, Eric worked on a variety of environmental remediation projects and has experience conducting different types of...Read more01st October 2015
Richard Nixon famously declared “When the President does it that means that it is not illegal.” The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) seems to have adapted this line of reasoning to justify its position in a current lawsuit regarding the denial of Brownfields Tax Credits for three Boston-area colleges. The case, now underway in Suffolk...Read more22nd September 2015
To qualify for a Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit, a property must be located in an “Economically Distressed Area” (EDA). Contrary to what that implies, many of the state’s more affluent towns – including Beacon Hill and Back Bay, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Bolton, Pride’s Crossing, even parts of Belmont and Lexington – are classified as EDAs. Therefore, projects...Read more
17th August 2015
In June 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated a significant set of changes to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). The changes were designed to make the MCP more efficient and to simplify the classification of sites. Cooperstown Environmental has adopted the new changes to the program to directly benefit our clients. Two...Read more20th July 2015
Cooperstown is grateful to have been invited to participate in the (MS)², Mathematics & Science for Minority Students at Phillips Academy, career fair for the third year in a row this July. (MS)² has been bringing students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to Andover to spend their summers not only studying math and science but also...Read more15th June 2015
Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Eric Gulbicki has joined the company for the summer as an Environmental Field Technician. Since starting in June, Eric has completed groundwater and soil gas sampling for our Massachusetts Contingency Plan projects. He has also been involved with air monitoring, excavation, and soil disposal projects at construction projects...Read more
26th May 2015
Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Isaac W. Anderson has joined the company as a Project Manager. He has a strong background in remediation project design and management, and has substantial experience in implementing systems to address petroleum and chlorinated solvent releases. He is skilled in groundwater remediation projects, chemical injection technology, soil vapor extraction,...Read more23rd September 2014
For the third consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics just released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Once again, almost two-thirds of the Brownfields tax credit recipients were clients of Cooperstown Environmental LLC, according to the state’s Tax Credit Transparency...Read more03rd September 2014
The Boston Globe yesterday reported a lawsuit that has been filed by three Massachusetts colleges regarding Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credits, the first public acknowledgement of a brouhaha that has been two years in the making. Wellesley College, Northeastern University, and Boston University have sued the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) for improperly denying applications filed...Read more
23rd June 2014
Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Jeanne Westervelt, its Director of Technical Operations, has been awarded the prestigious Licensed Site Professional (LSP) designation. LSPs, or Licensed Site Professionals, are scientists and engineers with a demonstrated expertise in hazardous waste site cleanup. To be licensed, an LSP must meet minimum education and rigorous professional experience...Read more14th February 2014
The Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program is a proven, successful program that helps to offset environmental response costs for eligible projects. The program may be the best of its kind among the many states that offer a similar reimbursement plan, as it is a “by right” credit. If the project meets all of the qualification...Read more10th February 2014
Learn how Brownfields incentives can help redevelopment in Massachusetts at sites such as the Merrimac Paper property in this recent column by Jim Curtis, President of Cooperstown Environmental, LLC, published in the Eagle Tribune. (Photo credit: Mary Schwalm/The Eagle-Tribune)Read more