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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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
Cooperstown Environmental was pleased to have been invited for the fifth year in a row to participate in the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS2) career fair held at Phillips Academy. Since 1977, MS2 has been bringing students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to Andover to spend their summers not only studying math and science, but also developing aspirations for their futures. This competitive and rigorous program is free of charge for all students selected. The contingent from Cooperstown Environmental included Lauren Brown and Eric Andrews, both Project Engineers. Eric and Lauren spoke with students at the MS² event about the
In 1863, Gloucester’s Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory revolutionized the maritime industry by producing the world’s first anti-fouling paint for boat bottoms. Boats that once had to be scraped every 6 weeks for barnacles and marine life could now last 12 months. But after more than 100 years, in 1980 the Manufactory shut its doors and was left a crumbling landmark overlooking Gloucester Harbor. Now the Manufactory is enjoying a second chance to serve the maritime world as the headquarters of Ocean Alliance Inc., a not-for-profit dedicated to whale and ocean health. Ocean Alliance raises public awareness through research and
Isaac Anderson, a project manager at Cooperstown Environmental, recently presented case studies at a training course for Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) entitled “Meeting the Requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Remediation General Permit”. This four-hour course was presented with the Remediation General Permit’s (RGP) Administrator, Shauna Little of U.S. EPA Region 1, and Cathy Vakalopoulos of MassDEP’s Bureau of Water Resources. The course briefly covered the regulatory background of the NPDES program, and then went on to detail RGP requirements, including eligibility determinations, the permit application process, and the technical and administrative requirements for maintaining compliance with
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
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
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
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
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