Cooperstown Environmental President James T. Curtis, PE, LSP, recently presented at the Environmental Business Council’s (EBC) 2019 Brownfields Seminar. The talk, called “Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”, included a brief introduction to the tax credit program and some of the pitfalls that can waylay an otherwise good application....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 five 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!
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.
There is a little more to real estate than just 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.
We are experienced with all aspects of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) dewatering permits and any associated treatment systems. Additionally, our expertise in environmental regulatory compliance services extends to Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans to meet EPA requirements for helping facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.
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.
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.
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.
18th July 201908th July 2019
What can be done with excess soil generated during site redevelopment activities which cannot be reused onsite? Determining how to manage this excess soil is a complicated process, even for those who deal with the issue daily. The costs associated with properly managing excess soil can vary greatly depending on the contents of the soil...Read more
Cooperstown Environmental LLC Supports VietAID’s Housing Development with the Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit10th June 2019
The Upper Washington Apartments offers 35 affordable residential units in a mixed use and affordable housing development in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester. These apartments include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments as well as 3,200 square feet of commercial/retail space. The apartment buildings include a community room, laundry facilities, and 25...Read more
27th May 2019
James T. Curtis, PE, LSP President, Cooperstown Environmental LLC Q: My site isn’t in an area designated as an Economically Distressed Area (EDA) according to the state, but it seems like it should be. Am I out of luck? A: It depends… while there are some areas that are correctly not listed as EDAs, there...Read more13th May 2019
Dust inhalation as a health issue has received increasing scrutiny at construction and remediation sites nationwide and in Massachusetts. Historically, the focus has been on the inhalation of respirable particulates by workers; fortunately, instrumentation is readily available that provides real-time worksite data for particulate concentrations in air. However, the focus is now broadening to include...Read more29th April 2019
James T. Curtis, PE, LSP President, Cooperstown Environmental LLC Q: My lawyer is worried about Recapture – a “claw back” – of my Brownfields Tax Credit. Is that a big problem? A: Theoretically you can receive a tax credit and have it reversed or “clawed back” later. This is called recapture and the provisions for...Read more
15th April 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC Senior Project Manager Isaac Anderson, leader of the firm’s vapor intrusion practice, recently was awarded an unrestricted Construction Supervisor License (CSL) from the State of Massachusetts. This highly-regarded license is considered very difficult to obtain and demonstrates a high degree of proficiency across a range of construction topics. Mr. Anderson passed a...Read more01st April 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC congratulates its employee, Eric Gulbicki, Environmental Technician, on obtaining his Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification recently from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This designation allows Mr. Gulbicki to conduct and supervise operations treatment plants designed and operated to improve water quality at remediation sites. Gulbicki earned the certification by passing a rigorous examination...Read more25th March 2019
James T. Curtis, PE, LSP President, Cooperstown Environmental LLC Massachusetts has a well-established incentive program designed to provide financial relief to innocent parties (“Eligible Persons” is the term in the law) who incur significant costs to remediate contaminated properties. There is a significant amount of information available about the program available on-line, including the application forms,...Read more
04th March 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC is pleased to share that it made charitable donations in 2018 to Groundwork Lawrence, Inc (GWL). Specifically Cooperstown sponsored Groundwork Lawrence’s entry in the 2018 Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race and its 2018 Glow Gala.Read more12th February 2019
What did 2018 hold for Cooperstown Environmental? Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker visited our offices, the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit was extended in the year of its 20th Anniversary, Cooperstown is again the top firm issued Brownfield Tax Credits, we had a company growth spurt, and we take a spotlight look at vapor intrusion solutions. Governor Baker’s visit...Read more16th January 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC is pleased to announce that Lauren M. Konetzny, an experienced Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and chemical engineer, has joined our Andover-based environmental consulting firm. Ms. Konetzny has more than 15 years of professional experience in the environmental consulting field since graduating from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. LSPs...Read more
31st December 2018
Andover, MA – For an incredible seventh consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Yet again, most recipients of the state’s Brownfield tax credit were clients of Cooperstown, as reported in the state’s recently-released 2017 Tax...Read more15th November 2018
Andover, MA – Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Mark Westervelt joined the company as Environmental Consultant. Mark most recently was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for leading a global software development organization and held a Series 99 FINRA license. Mark is a graduate of Bentley University with degrees in Computer...Read more06th September 2018
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker along with several other state/federal office holders and candidates recently made a planned visit to the offices of Cooperstown Environmental LLC to gain feedback from employees of the firm on a range of environmental issues related to site contamination, two of the state’s primary financial reimbursement mechanisms, stormwater permitting, and other...Read more
22nd August 2018
Cooperstown Environmental was pleased to have attended, for the sixth year in a row, the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS2) career fair held this summer 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, but also...Read more15th August 2018
The month of August 2018 marks twenty years since the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit was created as part of the “Brownfields Act,” more formally a law (Chapter 206 of the Acts of 1998) with the unwieldy title of An Act Relative to Environmental Cleanup and Promoting the Redevelopment of Contaminated Property. Originally a little known,...Read more15th June 2018
Developers, not-for-profits, commercial property owners, and others conducting environmental remediation projects in Massachusetts can again rely on the state’s Brownfields tax credit. On May 31, 2018, the Housing Bond Bill (H.4536) was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Included in this bond bill was legislation, sponsored by Senator Michael Rodrigues, which extended the...Read more
04th May 2018
A long-running, high-profile lawsuit originally filed in 2014 has finally ended with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) declining to overturn an Appeals Court decision in the colleges’ favor. By letting the prior decision stand, the three colleges – Boston University, Wellesley College, and Northeastern University – will receive millions of dollars of state Brownfields...Read more21st March 2018
Several years ago, MassDEP added a new analytical protocol to the Compendium of Analytical Methods (CAM) for proper sampling for hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) in soil, one that included a requirement to sample for pH and oxidation/reduction potential (ORP). It appears that the reasons for these additional requirements may not be well understood by everyone...Read more07th February 2018
Cooperstown Environmental LLC recently announced that it was joining the growing list of companies across the country that are taking steps to share the fruits of the recent tax reform passed by Congress with its employees. Specifically, as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Cooperstown expects to benefit from the deduction allowed for pass-through entities. Cooperstown Managing Principal Susan...Read more
31st January 2018
For the sixth consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Once again, most recipients of the state’s Brownfield tax credit were clients of Cooperstown, as reported in the state’s 2016 Tax Credit Transparency...Read more26th December 2017
The Cooperstown Environmental team is thankful for our wonderful clients and for the interesting projects on which we have had the pleasure of working in 2017. We are looking forward to another fantastic year ahead. With 2018 right around the corner… have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? Cooperstown Environmental is once again committing to helping make New England’s environment cleaner!...Read more06th November 2017
The Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA), a professional organization that represents environmental scientists, engineers, laboratories and LSPs in New England, awarded Isaac Anderson of Cooperstown Environmental with one of this year’s 2017 LSPA Member Awards. Isaac accepted this award, along with Jim Occhialini of Alpha Analytical, on October 27, 2017 at the LSPA’s Contribution to...Read more
25th October 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017 millions of people across the United States donned special glasses and headed outside to watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun. If you didn’t make it outside yourself, you probably saw fantastic photos of the eclipse on the internet or television. Depending on your location in the US,...Read more25th September 2017
August 2017 has come and gone, and with that the first Massachusetts deadline for removal or permanent closure of all single-walled steel underground storage tanks (USTs). If you have recently removed and/or replaced a tank on your property, your facility’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan may need to be updated! A SPCC Plan...Read more29th August 2017
Cooperstown was contracted to perform environmental remediation and LSP Services on a contaminated property in Milford, Massachusetts. Pre-purchase environmental due diligence activities had revealed a release of petroleum in groundwater and soil. The contamination was associated with the former use of the site by a straw hat factory, a leather dealer, a coal and oil...Read more
15th August 2017
Today we are highlighting a remediation project that occurred at a single family residential property. Previous owners had converted to natural gas heat from #2-fuel oil, which was stored in an underground storage tank (UST) that was likely installed in the 1950s when the house was built. Upon the passing of the previous property owners,...Read more31st July 2017
Cooperstown Environmental was pleased to have been invited for the fifth 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 more20th July 2017
In 1863, Gloucester’s Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory revolutionized the maritime industry by producing the world’s first anti-fouling paint for boat bottoms. Boats that once had to be scraped every 6 weeks for barnacles and marine life could now last 12 months. But after more than 100 years, in 1980 the Manufactory shut its doors...Read more