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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

Cooperstown Environmental Adds Project Engineer

Cooperstown Environmental Adds Project Engineer
Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Eric Andrews has joined the company as a Project Engineer. Eric graduated in 2014 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Previously, Eric worked on a variety of environmental remediation projects and has experience conducting different types of sampling and site monitoring. He has worked on sites monitoring multi-phase extraction systems and has assisted in running sub-slab depressurization system pilot testing. He has also prepared reports for Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) projects as well as completing excavation and cost estimates. Already, Eric has

MassDOR Channels Nixon in Brownfields Tax Credit Court Case vs. Colleges

MassDOR Channels Nixon in Brownfields Tax Credit  Court Case vs. Colleges
Richard Nixon famously declared “When the President does it that means that it is not illegal.” The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) seems to have adapted this line of reasoning to justify its position in a current lawsuit regarding the denial of Brownfields Tax Credits for three Boston-area colleges. The case, now underway in Suffolk Superior Court (officially, Civil Action 2014-02617, Northeastern University, Trustees of Boston University and Wellesley College vs. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue), is scheduled for a hearing on October 1, 2015. Both sides have asked for summary judgment, as the facts are not in dispute. In essence,

Is Your Brownfields Property in an Economically Distressed Area?

Is Your Brownfields Property in an Economically Distressed Area?
To qualify for a Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit, a property must be located in an “Economically Distressed Area” (EDA). Contrary to what that implies, many of the state’s more affluent towns – including Beacon Hill and Back Bay, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Bolton, Pride’s Crossing, even parts of Belmont and Lexington – are classified as EDAs. Therefore, projects in these locales may be eligible for Brownfields incentives. The concept of limiting tax credits to properties in EDAs can be traced to the 1998 Brownfields Act, formally known as Chapter 206 of the Acts of 1998. The Brownfields Act itself references MGL c.21E, which

What the June 2014 MCP Amendments Have Meant for Our Clients

What the June 2014 MCP Amendments Have Meant for Our Clients
In June 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated a significant set of changes to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). The changes were designed to make the MCP more efficient and to simplify the classification of sites. Cooperstown Environmental has adopted the new changes to the program to directly benefit our clients. Two changes which our clients have specifically benefited from in the last year were changes to the tier classification system and changes to site closure requirements that now provide the ability to reach a permanent solution with an active exposure pathway mitigation measure in use at
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