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Inspiring Future Scientists & Environmental Professionals

Inspiring Future Scientists & Environmental Professionals
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 developing aspirations for their futures. This competitive and rigorous program is free of charge for all students selected. The Cooperstown Environmental contingent included Project Engineer Eric Andrews and Environmental Technician Eric Gulbicki. Cooperstown spoke with students at the MS² event about the opportunities available to them

Brownfields Tax Credit 20th Anniversary

Brownfields Tax Credit 20th Anniversary
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, poorly-understood program that was one of many new developments in the 1998 law, the tax credit has become a powerful economic incentive that drives cleanups of contaminated sites with the goal of returning them to productive uses. The credit is available only in economically distressed

Brownfield Tax Credit Extended to 2023

Brownfield Tax Credit Extended to 2023
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 Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit for five additional years, quelling worries that the credit would expire at the end of 2018. The Brownfield Tax Credit Program incentivizes commercial redevelopment in economically distressed areas (EDAs) by effectively providing a rebate on environmental cleanup costs to “Eligible Persons”

Courts Side with Colleges in Case Over Denied Brownfields Tax Credits

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 Tax Credits. As Cooperstown has previously reported, the lawsuit originally was filed in 2014, after the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) denied applications filed by the colleges seeking Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credits. The suit alleged that DOR changed its rules after the applications were submitted,

CAM Hexavalent Chromium Sampling Protocol: Why Do I Need pH/ORP Data and What Do I Do with It?

CAM Hexavalent Chromium Sampling Protocol: Why Do I Need pH/ORP Data and What Do I Do with It?
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 in the regulated community, nor is the appropriate application of the pH/ORP data to the chromium data.  This article attempts to clarify these issues. The necessity of the new Cr VI sampling protocol really arises only in one fairly unique situation: when the matrix spike
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