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
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Cooperstown Environmental LLC recently announced that it was joining the growing list of companies across the country that are taking steps to share the fruits of the recent tax reform passed by Congress with its employees. Specifically, as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Cooperstown expects to benefit from the deduction allowed for pass-through entities. Cooperstown Managing Principal Susan D. Curtis told employees that the company, effective immediately, was doubling the company-paid contribution to each employee’s retirement saving account. Additional steps to increase compensation, increase benefits, and improvements are being contemplated as the specifics of the tax reduction measures become clear. Curtis explained “The
For the sixth consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Once again, most recipients of the state’s Brownfield tax credit were clients of Cooperstown, as reported in the state’s 2016 Tax Credit Transparency Report, released late last year. This annual report shows that more than half of the approved applications were completed by the firm, as has been true every year since the state began releasing these statistics. Cooperstown’s market position as the top firm in the Brownfield
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
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
On Monday, August 21, 2017 millions of people across the United States donned special glasses and headed outside to watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun. If you didn’t make it outside yourself, you probably saw fantastic photos of the eclipse on the internet or television. Depending on your location in the US, the sky may have darkened significantly. Consider a different aspect of the Solar Eclipse: its effect on solar power generation. For this observation, you won’t need special glasses. (more…)
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,
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.
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