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Changes Coming to Telemetry Registration Process in the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP)

Changes Coming to Telemetry Registration Process in the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP)
Sub slab depressurization systems (SSD Systems or SSDSs) in Massachusetts require telemetry systems to communicate with system owners and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). This requirement is relatively new (2014) and MassDEP has been working cooperatively with the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) to ensure that the regulations are effective, workable, and compliant. Cooperstown Environmental LLC is helping to lead the way in developing these new rules. Last fall, Isaac Anderson of Cooperstown Environmental LLC, working through the LSPA Technical Practices Committee and in conjunction with MassDEP, created and distributed a survey to LSPs. The purpose of the

Future of Solar Energy in Massachusetts is Cloudy

Future of Solar Energy in Massachusetts is Cloudy
The solar photovoltaic energy market in Massachusetts is in disarray due to uncertainty in both the Solar Carve-Out II Program, better known as SREC II, and the net metering program. For both programs, the capacity limits set by the state have apparently been reached in part or in whole. Over the coming days, greater clarity is expected at least for the SREC program. As explained in an earlier article, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced on February 5, 2016 that applications had been received that exceed the capacity of the SREC II program capacity for systems larger than

Uh-oh! Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (SREC II) is full!

Uh-oh! Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (SREC II) is full!
In a shocking and potentially disastrous announcement on Friday, February 5, 2016, Michael Judge, the Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), explained that the full capacity of the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (better known as SREC II) may have been reached for projects larger than 25 kW DC. Specifically, “DOER has qualified or received applications for over 854 MW DC of capacity” exceeding the program limit of 660.595 MW for such projects. If DOER’s reviews confirm that the program is full, new commercial solar projects in Massachusetts, already suffering under the severe

Thinking of Preparing Your Own Brownfields Tax Credit Application?   Cautionary Tales for Do It Yourselfers (DIYers)

Thinking of Preparing Your Own Brownfields Tax Credit Application?   Cautionary Tales for Do It Yourselfers (DIYers)
ANDOVER, MA – Massachusetts has a robust package of liability protections and financial incentives for developers of properties, commonly known as “Brownfields,” which have been impacted by the presence or suspicion of environmental contamination. Due to the legacy of past uses, properties in areas across the state meet this definition. One of the best incentives that is available to “eligible persons” – parties who did not cause or contribute to the contamination or own or operate the property at the time of the contamination – is the Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit program, operated by the Department of Revenue (DOR). This credit can

Cooperstown Environmental Completes Solar Installations on Two Reading Cooperative Bank Branches

Cooperstown Environmental Completes Solar Installations on Two Reading Cooperative Bank Branches
Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed rooftop solar photovoltaic installations on two Reading Cooperative Bank branches in North Reading and Wilmington, Massachusetts. With a placed in service date of November 2015, the systems are already producing clean, renewable energy – a projected 45,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Cooperstown’s client was Park Middlesex LLC, the owner of the buildings. Reading Coop operates a bank branch at each location under long-term leases. The power produced by the rooftop solar PV arrays will be used on-site and is expected to provide approximately one-third of the electric power used at the properties.

Four Straight – Cooperstown Environmental Top Firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credits in 2014

Four Straight – Cooperstown Environmental Top Firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credits in 2014
For the fourth consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics just released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Once again, nearly two-thirds of the Brownfields tax credit recipients were clients of Cooperstown Environmental LLC, according to the state’s Tax Credit Transparency Report. This report finds that most of the applications that were approved were prepared and submitted by the firm, reiterating Cooperstown’s long-established hegemony as the top firm in the Brownfield Tax Credit arena. The 2014 Massachusetts Tax Credit Transparency Report, which has been issued annually

Cooperstown Presents LSPA Telemetry Survey Results to DEP Advisory Committee

Cooperstown Presents LSPA Telemetry Survey Results to DEP Advisory Committee
As LSPs, we know that keeping track of policy changes is critical. Luckily for Cooperstown, our Project Manager Isaac Anderson co-chairs the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) Technical Practice Committee (TPC), a committee dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in the practice. Currently the TPC is partnering with MassDEP to streamline the telemetry reporting process for practitioners. Through this partnership, Mr. Anderson was involved with conducting a survey to evaluate how LSPs are currently using telemetry in response to recent changes to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). Mr. Anderson gave a presentation of the results of the survey at

Cooperstown Environmental Adds Senior Staff

Cooperstown Environmental Adds Senior Staff
Due to continued growth, Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has added Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and Professional Geologist, Jim Young, to the Andover-based environmental consulting firm. With more than 25 years of professional experience, Mr. Young was in the original class of LSPs licensed upon creation of the program in 1993. LSPs are experienced professionals who oversee the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites in Massachusetts under MGL c. 21E. Jim was elected by his peers and served as President of the LSP Association in 2010, and has been heavily involved in professional activities for many years, including authoring

Judge Finds MassDOR Decision “Unlawful” in Denying Brownfields Tax Credits to Colleges

Judge Finds MassDOR Decision “Unlawful” in  Denying Brownfields Tax Credits to Colleges
A closely watched Massachusetts Superior Court case regarding Brownfields Tax Credit applications has been decided in favor of three Boston-area colleges, setting the stage for the schools to collect more than $16 million of the state tax credits. In 2012, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Wellesley College each independently applied to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) for approval of their applications regarding environmental cleanups at the respective schools. Massachusetts has a Brownfields Tax Credit program, passed in 1998, that allows a credit for partial reimbursement of response costs for qualifying projects. In 2006, the state Legislature passed an amendment

Building on the Building Boom in Boston

Building on the Building Boom in Boston
Maybe you’ve heard: Boston is in the midst of an unprecedented building boom. According to the Boston Globe, we are in the third “great age of development” of the city, and this one, focused on residential development, has no rival in terms of construction volume. Not surprising, then, that real-estate site Trulia recently ranked Boston as the second hottest housing market of 2015. If you’re wondering whether demand for new construction has affected the environmental field, just ask anyone at Cooperstown Environmental. In Watertown, Mass., we are now or have recently been selected as the Licensed Site Professional (LSP) for eight
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