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LSPA Member of the Year Awarded to Isaac Anderson

LSPA Member of the Year Awarded to Isaac Anderson
The Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA), a professional organization that represents environmental scientists, engineers, laboratories and LSPs in New England, awarded Isaac Anderson of Cooperstown Environmental with one of this year’s 2017 LSPA Member Awards. Isaac accepted this award, along with Jim Occhialini of Alpha Analytical, on October 27, 2017 at the LSPA’s Contribution to the LSP Practice Awards. These awards are presented at the annual LSPA fundraiser dinner to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations, and their contributions in the field of hazardous waste site cleanup in Massachusetts. The LSPA Member Award is presented specifically to LSPA Members in recognition

Is your Spill Prevention Plan Up to Date?

Is your Spill Prevention Plan Up to Date?
August 2017 has come and gone, and with that the first Massachusetts deadline for removal or permanent closure of all single-walled steel underground storage tanks (USTs). If you have recently removed and/or replaced a tank on your property, your facility’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan may need to be updated! A SPCC Plan documents what steps a facility takes to prevent oil discharges, operating procedures for storing and handling oil, and countermeasures in the case of a discharge. It would include not only an inventory of relevant tanks and oil-containing equipment, but also addresses training procedures, regular inspections,

Brownfield Tax Credit Incentivizes Cleanup in Milford

Cooperstown was contracted to perform environmental remediation and LSP Services on a contaminated property in Milford, Massachusetts. Pre-purchase environmental due diligence activities had revealed a release of petroleum in groundwater and soil. The contamination was associated with the former use of the site by a straw hat factory, a leather dealer, a coal and oil company, and for the storage of equipment, machinery, materials, and chemicals, including drummed alcohols; the historical presence of petroleum-containing underground storage tanks; the former use of the property as an automotive garage; and the presence of petroleum containing aboveground storage tanks on a neighboring property.

Project Highlight – Andover Residence

Project Highlight – Andover Residence
Today we are highlighting a remediation project that occurred at a single family residential property. Previous owners had converted to natural gas heat from #2-fuel oil, which was stored in an underground storage tank (UST) that was likely installed in the 1950s when the house was built. Upon the passing of the previous property owners, the family removed the tank to place the property on the market for sale. During the tank removal, numerous holes were discovered in the tank causing a release of fuel oil into the environment. By law these types of releases are reported to the Massachusetts

Underground Storage Tank Removals and/or Replacements

Underground Storage Tank Removals and/or Replacements
Have you received a notification letter from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) warning you that you have underground storage tanks (USTs) that need to be removed? As of August 7, 2017, all underground single walled steel tanks in the state of Massachusetts must be removed, permanently closed-in-place, or placed out-of-service (then removed or permanently closed-in-place by July 1, 2018). At the time of the tank removal, environmental conditions must be assessed per state and federal regulations, since it is possible that contamination may exist in the area of the UST(s). In Massachusetts, tanks must be closed in accordance

Dewatering Permits – The Highlights

Dewatering Permits – The Highlights
Anytime water (groundwater or municipal water) is discharged to surface water or to a drain system that discharges to surface water without first running through a public or privately owned treatment works, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit is required. Surface water includes but is not limited to a river, lake, pond, or the ocean. A local permit from the town or city water and sewer commission is typically also required if the discharge is to a drain. The EPA permit program is called the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES for short. There are three different permits which may be required for the types

Part 3: What LSPs need to know about Indoor Air AEPMMs

Part 3: What LSPs need to know about Indoor Air AEPMMs
As LSPs, we have all been there: your client’s site has an indoor air issue and you need a sub-slab depressurization system (SSDS), maybe it will need remote telemetry, or maybe it will pass a risk assessment. You want to call your local radon contractor to install the SSDS, like you have in the past, but you’re not sure that the system will be in compliance with the recent changes to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) if telemetry is needed. You should know, telemetry or not, there are important differences between radon systems and MCP vapor intrusion systems that mitigate

Part 2: What do property owners need to know about indoor air AEPMMs?

Part 2: What do property owners need to know about indoor air AEPMMs?
There are multiple stages to installing an Active Exposure Pathway Mitigation Measure (AEPMM) to mitigate vapor intrusion conditions: engineering, installation, and maintenance. When looking to install an AEPMM to manage indoor air quality at your property, whether commercial or residential, we recommend choosing a company that has years of experience in all three areas of this process. A properly designed AEPMM will rely on data that is collected at your property; as not all buildings or sub-surfaces are the same, and transmissivity conditions are project specific.  The system’s main component, the blower(s), should be sized based on not only sub-slab

EPA’s 2017 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Remediation General Permit (RGP)

EPA’s 2017 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Remediation General Permit (RGP)
The new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Remediation General Permit (RGP), now called the General Permit for Remediation Activity Discharges (GP), is finally available, but what does this mean for you? If you are the owner or operator of an existing discharge, you can expect to hear from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) soon. Existing discharges will be required to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) with EPA if they intend to continue discharging for more than 90 days following the effective date of the permit, which is April 8, 2017. If you want to initiate a discharge, then

What is an Active Exposure Pathway Mitigation Measure (AEPMM)?

As we discussed in a previous blog post, recent changes to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) have enabled sites with an active exposure pathway mitigation measure (AEPMM) to achieve a Permanent Solution with Conditions (PSC). They can also be used with Immediate Response Actions (IRAs), Release Abatement Measures (RAMs), Temporary Solutions, and in conjunction with a Remedy Operation Status (ROS). But what exactly is an AEPMM anyway? The term AEPMM covers any mechanical system that is used to prevent human exposure to “released” chemicals that are present at a Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) site above established health risk thresholds. Most
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