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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

CAM Hexavalent Chromium Sampling Protocol: Why Do I Need pH/ORP Data and What Do I Do with It?

CAM Hexavalent Chromium Sampling Protocol: Why Do I Need pH/ORP Data and What Do I Do with It?
Several years ago, MassDEP added a new analytical protocol to the Compendium of Analytical Methods (CAM) for proper sampling for hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) in soil, one that included a requirement to sample for pH and oxidation/reduction potential (ORP).  It appears that the reasons for these additional requirements may not be well understood by everyone in the regulated community, nor is the appropriate application of the pH/ORP data to the chromium data.  This article attempts to clarify these issues. The necessity of the new Cr VI sampling protocol really arises only in one fairly unique situation: when the matrix spike

Looking… Towards a Cleaner 2018!

Looking… Towards a Cleaner 2018!
The Cooperstown Environmental team is thankful for our wonderful clients and for the interesting projects on which we have had the pleasure of working in 2017. We are looking forward to another fantastic year ahead. With 2018 right around the corner... have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? Cooperstown Environmental is once again committing to helping make New England’s environment cleaner! This year, we would like to encourage you to do your part to help make our environment a little cleaner. Below are a few small things that everyone can do which will make a difference: Recycle Reduce paper use Reduce water consumption Use reusable water

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.
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