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 of leadership, commitment, and contributions to the LSPA organization and membership over the previous year.
Isaac, a project manager at Cooperstown Environmental, is a very active member of the LSPA. Since becoming a member in 2013, he has become increasingly involved in diverse aspects of the practice. He is an active member of the Technical Practices Committee (TPC), which he previously chaired, and is also an active member of the Legislative, the Young Professionals, and the Regulations Committees. His tireless volunteer work has spanned technical expertise, regulatory interpretations, and social events, all for the benefit of the LSPA membership, and the profession in general.
Isaac received this award in part for the expertise he has developed in sub-slab depressurization (SSD) systems and telemetry technology, which has received increased attention within the practice over the past several years. SSD systems are used to prevent spilled hazardous chemicals from making their way into indoor air, and to ensure building occupants are not unacceptably exposed to associated health risks. Telemetry systems are used to monitor SSD systems and ensure their proper function. Isaac’s exceptional contributions to this discipline have notably included sharing of his time and expertise with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as they developed their technical guidance and regulations regarding vapor intrusion, telemetry and data transmission. Isaac continues to assist MassDEP in developing guidance on telemetry implementation as the technology advances and becomes more commonly implemented. His past contributions with respect to this work include educational presentations on telemetry at multiple LSPA seminars and at MassDEP’s Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting.
Last year Isaac also worked closely with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 1 staff and MassDEP to educate the public about the recent changes to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Remediation General Permits (RGP). The changes to the RGP quietly, but significantly affected environmental professionals, developers, constructions firms and environmental laboratories. Leading up to the changes, Isaac worked tirelessly to coordinate with laboratories in the region to resolve confusion surrounding analytical methodologies and regulation. Once regulations were finalized, he presented an LSPA course with MassDEP and Region 1 EPA employees to help other professionals understand the revised regulations. Isaac is currently working to create an expanded and more hands-on course for practitioners to aid with real-world application of the regulations.
Isaac has become the “go-to” expert within the environmental field in Massachusetts for SSD system, telemetry and NPDES permitting. In addition to making technical advancements on behalf of the practice, Isaac also takes time to participate in outreach and educational initiatives. He is always ready with ideas that support the bettering of the LSPA organization, or for making professional connections. Isaac is a wonderful example of the exceptional talent the Massachusetts environmental industry is developing. The LSPs, environmental industry and Cooperstown Environmental are lucky to have him as a member of our professional community.