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Monitoring Risk From Dust at MCP Sites

Monitoring Risk From Dust at MCP Sites
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 health risks associated with contaminants contained in the airborne dust on more sensitive nearby receptors who may also be exposed.  This is an issue that frequently must be anticipated for Release Abatement Measures, Immediate Response Actions, and comprehensive remedial actions at Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP)

Is the Recapture of Brownfields Tax Credits Common?

Is the Recapture of Brownfields Tax Credits Common?
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 it appear in the statutory language itself: If the taxpayer ceases to maintain the remedy operation status or the permanent solution in violation of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan prior to the sale of the property or the termination of the lease, the difference between the

Isaac Anderson Earns Esteemed Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License (CSL)

Isaac Anderson Earns Esteemed Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License (CSL)
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 test assessing his familiarity with building codes, technologies and practices. His expertise has been developed through a lifetime of “hands-on” experience with construction, carpentry, timber management, electrical, plumbing, and site work across a variety of industries. His firsthand experience and detailed understanding of building construction

Key Insights into Brownfields Tax Credit Terms & Definitions

Key Insights into Brownfields Tax Credit Terms & Definitions
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, so it may be tempting to conclude that the process is obvious, or at least straightforward. The reality, however, is that there are many traps and dead-ends that can cause hopeful recipients to inadvertently miss out on recovering eligible costs or, in some unfortunate cases,

Sponsorship of Groundwork Lawrence, Inc.

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. (more…)

Cooperstown Environmental’s 2018 Year in Review

Cooperstown Environmental’s 2018 Year in Review
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 to the offices of Cooperstown Environmental LLC highlighted a year of progress and accomplishment for our Andover-based environmental consulting firm, which specializes in Licensed Site Professional (LSP) services, Brownfields Tax Credits, and Vapor Intrusion Solutions. Governor Baker Meets with Cooperstown Staff In August the firm

Tax Credit Transparency Report – Top Firm 7th Year Running

Tax Credit Transparency Report – Top Firm 7th Year Running
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 Credit Transparency Report. This annual report again shows that more than half of the approved applications were completed by the firm. This has been true every year since the state began releasing these statistics in 2011. Cooperstown’s market position as the top firm in the

Governor Charlie Baker Visits Cooperstown Environmental

Governor Charlie Baker Visits  Cooperstown Environmental
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 matters. Governor Baker, the nation’s most popular governor, spent more than an hour speaking with and interviewing Cooperstown’s entire staff about key issues for the firm’s consulting practice. [caption id="attachment_2976" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jim Curtis, President of Cooperstown Environmental, with Governor Charlie Baker[/caption] Governor Baker was

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”
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