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MS2 2019 Career Fair

MS2 2019 Career Fair
For the seventh year in a row Cooperstown Environmental attended the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS2) career fair held at Phillips Academy. MS2 has been bringing students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to Andover since 1977 to spend their summers not only studying math and science, but also developing aspirations for their futures. This competitive and demanding program is free of charge for all students selected. [caption id="attachment_3129" align="alignleft" width="300"] Eric Andrews talking with students at MS2[/caption] The group from Cooperstown Environmental included Project Engineer Eric Andrews and Environmental Technician Eric Gulbicki. Cooperstown spoke with students about the opportunities

Cooperstown President Presents at 2019 EBC Brownfields Seminar

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. This well attended event included talks from other environmental professionals and state government employees. Slides from the talk are available online. Cooperstown Environmental is the recognized authority and market leader on the Brownfields Tax Credit program. We have submitted hundreds of successful applications on behalf

Soil Management

Soil Management
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 and the paperwork associated with finding and approving a facility to accept the material often takes at least a month. To minimize these costs and avoid unexpected delays, it is best to hire an environmental consulting firm, such as Cooperstown Environmental, prior to breaking ground.

Cooperstown Environmental LLC Supports VietAID’s Housing Development with the Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit

Cooperstown Environmental LLC Supports VietAID’s Housing Development with the Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit
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 parking spaces. Developed by Boston-based Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development, Inc. (VietAID), the project sits close to the MBTA Commuter Rail Fairmount Line, and brings essential density and definition to the neighborhood. Cooperstown Environmental LLC, an acknowledged authority on the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program, helped

Not an EDA, but it Should Be

Not an EDA, but it Should Be
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 are a number of instances where the list of EDAs has not been updated in a timely manner. That is, a town or city or an area within a town or city may have been designated an EDA since the list on the Department of

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

Gulbicki Earns Treatment Plant Operator Certification from Massachusetts

Gulbicki Earns Treatment Plant Operator Certification from Massachusetts
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 and will be obligated to complete ongoing continuing education classes and courses to maintain his certification. Mr. Gulbicki’s ongoing professional development benefits Cooperstown’s clients by adding to his repertoire of skills. Eric has been a valuable team member at Cooperstown Environmental since he originally joined

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,