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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)

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,

February 28, 2019 MassDEP BWSC Advisory Committee Meeting Recap

February 28, 2019 MassDEP BWSC Advisory Committee Meeting Recap
During the February 28, 2019 Mass DEP Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting, an update on the status of the amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) was presented by Liz Callahan, Acting Division Director, Policy and Program Planning at Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC), MassDEP, and Paul Locke, Assistant Commissioner at BWSC, MassDEP. After months of preparation on the MCP Public Hearing Draft, MassDEP is nearing completion of the internal review process; the MCP Public Hearing Draft was recently approved by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and is currently undergoing review by the Executive

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

Lauren M. Konetzny, LSP Joins Cooperstown Environmental

Lauren M. Konetzny, LSP Joins Cooperstown Environmental
Cooperstown Environmental LLC is pleased to announce that Lauren M. Konetzny, an experienced Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and chemical engineer, has joined our Andover-based environmental consulting firm. Ms. Konetzny has more than 15 years of professional experience in the environmental consulting field since graduating from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. LSPs are experienced professionals who oversee the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites in Massachusetts under MGL c. 21E. Lauren was elected by her peers to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the LSP Association, a professional trade group, through 2020. She

Cooperstown Environmental LLC Adds to Consulting Team

Andover, MA – Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Mark Westervelt joined the company as Environmental Consultant. Mark most recently was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for leading a global software development organization and held a Series 99 FINRA license. Mark is a graduate of Bentley University with degrees in Computer Information Systems and Management. Mark brings a wealth of talent to Cooperstown and has contributed senior-level expertise across a range of managerial functions such as employee development, process management, and project work. Outside of work, Mark has a range of interests. He is a certified

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
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