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Update on EPA’s Remediation General Permit

Update on EPA’s Remediation General Permit
Many of you know that the 2010 Remediation General Permit (RGP), issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 (EPA) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), expired in September 2015. As noted in the LSPA email blast sent on September 15, 2016, the Draft RGP was published in the Federal Register on August 18, 2016, and EPA accepted public comments until September 19, 2016. What many of you are left wondering is, what happens next, and what should you do in the interim if you have a project that requires coverage under the RGP before the

Cooperstown Participates in Outreach and Education Initiative

Isaac Anderson, a Project Manager at Cooperstown, recently participated in the Licensed Site Professional Association’s (LSPA) outreach and education initiative aimed at informing local health officials about environmental cleanups and the MCP. Isaac, along with LSPA Board Member Cosmo Gallinaro, presented "Case Study of a Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup" at the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards Certificate Program in Taunton on November 5th, 2016. An additional presentation was made by Mike Penzo, LSP, LSPA President and Marilyn Wade, LSP, LSPA President Elect on November 12, 2016. This is the second year in a row in which representatives of the LSPA

The Importance of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)

The Importance of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
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, legal liability for environmental contamination is “strict.” This means that the property owner is per se responsible for any contamination at that property - period. It does not matter if the owner caused or contributed to the contamination. It does not matter if the contamination

Why Is Everyone Talking About Sub Slab Depressurization Systems (SSD Systems) “Part 2”

Why Is Everyone Talking About Sub Slab Depressurization Systems (SSD Systems) “Part 2”
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 groundwater enter a building through cracks, holes, or other penetrations in the foundation. Inhalation of these vapors can be detrimental to the health of building occupants, sometimes even in the short term. The Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) establishes the requirements for the identification and remediation

Cooperstown Environmental LLC Consulting Team Grows

Cooperstown Environmental LLC Consulting Team Grows
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 programs, completing permits, and evaluating clients’ needs and compliance with the environmental regulations. Most recently, she was employed by the Andover Public Schools. At Cooperstown Environmental, Lisa will split her duties between the firm’s consulting engineering projects, assisting with the firm’s leading Massachusetts Brownfields Tax

Cooperstown Environmental Completes Solar Installation at Shaheen Bros. in Amesbury

Cooperstown Environmental Completes Solar Installation  at Shaheen Bros. in Amesbury
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 energy – enough to power about 60 average Massachusetts homes. The system consists of 1,185 Trina Solar 325-watt photovoltaic panels, nine Solectria inverters, and a mounting system furnished by Ecolibrium. Cooperstown’s client was SBI Solar LLC, the system owner, which has signed a Power Purchase

Why Is Everyone Talking About Sub Slab Depressurization Systems (SSD Systems)?

Why Is Everyone Talking About Sub Slab Depressurization Systems (SSD Systems)?
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 are near a gasoline station, a dry cleaner, a Brownfield site, or even a residential site, these releases have the potential to impact your indoor environment. Vapor intrusion occurs when vapors from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in soil or groundwater enter a building through cracks,

Massachusetts Appeals Court Deciding Fate of Colleges’ Brownfields Tax Credit Case

Massachusetts Appeals Court Deciding Fate of Colleges’ Brownfields Tax Credit Case
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 plaintiffs – three Boston-area colleges – set the stage for a dramatic verdict that is expected in the coming months. In 2012, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Wellesley College separately submitted applications to DOR seeking tax credits related to environmental cleanups completed at the respective

Cooperstown Inspires the Next Generation of Environmental Scientists and Engineers

Cooperstown Inspires the Next Generation of Environmental Scientists and Engineers
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, but also developing aspirations for their futures. This competitive and rigorous program is free of charge for all students selected. The contingent from Cooperstown Environmental included Isaac Anderson, Project Manager at Cooperstown and former Chair of the LSPA's Technical Practices Committee, and Eric Andrews, recent

Cooperstown Environmental Employee Wins Scholarship for Environmental Education

Cooperstown Environmental Employee Wins Scholarship for Environmental Education
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 to LSP Association members, members of their immediate families, or other Massachusetts residents who are pursuing studies consistent with becoming an LSP or Environmental Professional. Eric is a North Reading resident and a rising senior at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He has
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