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The Brownfield Tax Credit Helps THE WHALES!

The Brownfield Tax Credit Helps THE WHALES!
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

NPDES Remediation General Permit Course

NPDES Remediation General Permit Course
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

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

Brownfield Tax Credit Helps Create The Washington Apartments

Brownfield Tax Credit Helps Create The Washington Apartments
The Washington Apartments, Melrose’s new boutique luxury apartments, offers spacious apartment living in an intimate setting. The Washington Apartments offers state of the art residential living amenities in just a short walk from the Orange Line T stop and a close commute to Downtown Boston. Developed by Wood Partners, a leading Atlanta based developer with decades of experience, the building reinvigorates a property formerly used for truck and dumpster storage, continuing the redevelopment of one of the hottest growing markets in the area. The Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program helped support this project. WDR-3 Wood 2 Washington Owner LLC, an

Top in MA Brownfields Tax Credits for Fifth Consecutive Year

Top in MA Brownfields Tax Credits for Fifth Consecutive Year
For the fifth consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics just released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Once again, most recipients of the state’s Brownfield tax credit were clients of Cooperstown Environmental LLC, as reported in the latest version of state’s Tax Credit Transparency Report. This annual report shows that more than half of the approved applications were completed by the firm.  Cooperstown’s market position as the top firm in the Brownfield Tax Credit arena is long-standing. The latest version of the report from DOR
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