Cooperstown Environmental President James T. Curtis, PE, LSP, recently presented at the Environmental Business Council’s (EBC) 2019 Brownfields Seminar. The talk, called “Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”, included a brief introduction to the tax credit program and some of the pitfalls that can waylay an otherwise good application....Read more
Digging into the Details of What We Can Do for You
When it comes to solving your environmental challenges, we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. From due diligence and site investigations to remediation and soil management to compliance and sustainability, Cooperstown Environmental provides expert service – always with a personal touch. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’re in the hands of experts in all these areas of environmental engineering.
When oil and hazardous materials are found, somebody has to clean it up. We hope that somebody is us. We are Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) who are well versed in complying with the intricate regulations of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) and can help guide you through the process in a practical way.
We are a full-service firm: we collect samples of soil, groundwater, surface water, wetlands, or indoor air and analyze them for contamination … we assess risks to human health and the environment … we evaluate alternatives for remediation, if necessary … and implement a remedy – always with an eye toward the most practical and cost-effective solution.
We like to say that we turn Brownfields Green – both your property and your bank account! According to Massachusetts Department of Revenue statistics, Cooperstown Environmental has been the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards for five years in a row. Whether you have a contaminated property you’d like cleaned up for reuse, or you’ve already completed a project and want to seek a rebate – you’re at the right place!
Sub Slab Depressurization Systems are used to counteract vapor intrusion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into occupied buildings and protect the health of residents and workers. Cooperstown is a leading expert in this emerging field. Our services range from site assessments of contamination to identify the need for an SSDS, to system design, implementation, and operation. A particular expertise is the telemetry system that communicates with regulatory agencies and site owners to ensure proper SSDS operation 24/7/365. Hire Cooperstown – and breathe easier!
We’ve got the dirt on what to do about contaminated soil. Soil management is often a key cost driver when redeveloping contaminated and urban properties. Whether your site requires on-site treatment, off-site transportation and disposal, or both, we’re highly experienced in handling the issue. We have long helped our Brownfields clients manage contaminated soil in an environmentally sound and cost-effective manner. We also think strategically about the potential for a Brownfields Tax Credit as a means to reduce the net cost of the site redevelopment effort.
Underground storage tanks are a common source of environmental contamination– over time many UST systems have leaks, spills, or overfills. When tanks are removed or replaced, federal and state laws require an environmental assessment. We can work with your contractor or provide a turnkey solution.
Actually, there is a little more to real estate than location, location, location – especially if the location might be affected by contamination. How do you know whether the property has an environmental issue? What are the risks involved during sale or acquisition? And what do you do about it? We can help.
At Cooperstown Environmental, due diligence and ASTM Phase I environmental site assessments (ESAs) are a fundamental part of our toolkit. We routinely screen properties to analyze the risks involved on behalf of buyers, sellers, and lenders. We develop an appropriate ESA scope that is based on property history and provides the information you need to close the deal. In addition, should we find actionable environmental conditions, we have the credentials and expertise to see the project through, including on-staff LSPs and PEs. And if your property is eligible for a Brownfields Tax Credit, we’re your best option with that as well. Truly full-spectrum services!
We are experienced with all aspects of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) dewatering permits and any associated treatment systems. Including but not exclusively testing, permitting, reporting, and monitoring. We have our finger on the pulse of the ongoing changes at the NPDES program and use this knowledge to help our clients. Our expertise in environmental regulatory compliance services extends to Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans to meet EPA requirements for helping facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.
We not only speak the language of government regulations, we also know what it takes to meet the requirements they set – all while helping you improve performance with regard to environmental goals.
When it comes to the environment, it’s not enough just to make things better. The key is to make sure they stay that way. Cooperstown Environmental is committed to creating and expanding programs that promote sustainability.
Our focus is on waste minimization, recycling, energy reduction, and LEED-certified building construction. We can track and calculate greenhouse gas emissions such as those generated from electricity usage, fuel consumption, and waste disposal. And we provide robust solar energy development services and can shepherd you through the entire process, from identifying viable sites and conducting feasibility studies to negotiating Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), overseeing the installation of photovoltaic panels, and registering the system with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on your behalf.
We even own and operate our own solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that collectively produce more than 675,000 kilowatt-hours of solar energy each year. That is enough to provide for the electricity needs of 90 average single-family homes in Massachusetts!
Cooperstown Environmental is also a proud supporter of Northern Woodlands and The Trustees of Reservations, both organizations committed to preserving and improving our natural environment. Please consider joining us in supporting these great organizations.
Sometimes engineers perform tasks you might not expect, like testify in court or provide an educational presentation to a municipal audience. At Cooperstown Environmental, it’s all in a day’s work – which means we go all out to provide high-quality service that meets the specific needs of our clients.
Our education and outreach efforts, all of which focus on developing and implementing initiatives and raising environmental awareness, take many forms. For example, we provide training on the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) regulations to other consultants . . . we participate in Science Fairs for budding engineers at local schools . . . and make presentations to both industry peers and community members about project work.
We also make communication a priority, making sure everyone involved in a project is kept up to date on a timely basis. And, when needed, we provide expert assistance related to litigation.
18th July 201908th July 2019
What can be done with excess soil generated during site redevelopment activities which cannot be reused onsite? Determining how to manage this excess soil is a complicated process, even for those who deal with the issue daily. The costs associated with properly managing excess soil can vary greatly depending on the contents of the soil...Read more
Cooperstown Environmental LLC Supports VietAID’s Housing Development with the Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit10th June 2019
The Upper Washington Apartments offers 35 affordable residential units in a mixed use and affordable housing development in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester. These apartments include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments as well as 3,200 square feet of commercial/retail space. The apartment buildings include a community room, laundry facilities, and 25...Read more
27th May 2019
James T. Curtis, PE, LSP President, Cooperstown Environmental LLC Q: My site isn’t in an area designated as an Economically Distressed Area (EDA) according to the state, but it seems like it should be. Am I out of luck? A: It depends… while there are some areas that are correctly not listed as EDAs, there...Read more13th May 2019
Dust inhalation as a health issue has received increasing scrutiny at construction and remediation sites nationwide and in Massachusetts. Historically, the focus has been on the inhalation of respirable particulates by workers; fortunately, instrumentation is readily available that provides real-time worksite data for particulate concentrations in air. However, the focus is now broadening to include...Read more29th April 2019
James T. Curtis, PE, LSP President, Cooperstown Environmental LLC Q: My lawyer is worried about Recapture – a “claw back” – of my Brownfields Tax Credit. Is that a big problem? A: Theoretically you can receive a tax credit and have it reversed or “clawed back” later. This is called recapture and the provisions for...Read more
18th April 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC Announces Sponsorship of Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) April 2019 ANDOVER, MA – Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has donated $2,500 to the Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) Land Stewardship Endowment Fund in honor of the 125th Anniversary Celebration of AVIS. Founded in 1894, AVIS is the second oldest land...Read more15th April 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC Senior Project Manager Isaac Anderson, leader of the firm’s vapor intrusion practice, recently was awarded an unrestricted Construction Supervisor License (CSL) from the State of Massachusetts. This highly-regarded license is considered very difficult to obtain and demonstrates a high degree of proficiency across a range of construction topics. Mr. Anderson passed a...Read more01st April 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC congratulates its employee, Eric Gulbicki, Environmental Technician, on obtaining his Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification recently from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This designation allows Mr. Gulbicki to conduct and supervise operations treatment plants designed and operated to improve water quality at remediation sites. Gulbicki earned the certification by passing a rigorous examination...Read more
25th March 2019
James T. Curtis, PE, LSP President, Cooperstown Environmental LLC Massachusetts has a well-established incentive program designed to provide financial relief to innocent parties (“Eligible Persons” is the term in the law) who incur significant costs to remediate contaminated properties. There is a significant amount of information available about the program available on-line, including the application forms,...Read more11th March 2019
During the February 28, 2019 Mass DEP Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee Meeting, an update on the status of the amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) was presented by Liz Callahan, Acting Division Director, Policy and Program Planning at Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC), MassDEP, and Paul Locke, Assistant Commissioner at BWSC, MassDEP....Read more04th March 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC is pleased to share that it made charitable donations in 2018 to Groundwork Lawrence, Inc (GWL). Specifically Cooperstown sponsored Groundwork Lawrence’s entry in the 2018 Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race and its 2018 Glow Gala.Read more
12th February 2019
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...Read more16th January 2019
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...Read more31st December 2018
Andover, MA – For an incredible seventh consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Yet again, most recipients of the state’s Brownfield tax credit were clients of Cooperstown, as reported in the state’s recently-released 2017 Tax...Read more
15th November 2018
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...Read more06th September 2018
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...Read more22nd August 2018
Cooperstown Environmental was pleased to have attended, for the sixth year in a row, the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS2) career fair held this summer 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...Read more
15th August 2018
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,...Read more15th June 2018
Developers, not-for-profits, commercial property owners, and others conducting environmental remediation projects in Massachusetts can again rely on the state’s Brownfields tax credit. On May 31, 2018, the Housing Bond Bill (H.4536) was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Included in this bond bill was legislation, sponsored by Senator Michael Rodrigues, which extended the...Read more04th May 2018
A long-running, high-profile lawsuit originally filed in 2014 has finally ended with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) declining to overturn an Appeals Court decision in the colleges’ favor. By letting the prior decision stand, the three colleges – Boston University, Wellesley College, and Northeastern University – will receive millions of dollars of state Brownfields...Read more
21st March 2018
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...Read more07th February 2018
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...Read more31st January 2018
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...Read more
26th December 2017
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!...Read more06th November 2017
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...Read more25th October 2017
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,...Read more
25th September 2017
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...Read more29th August 2017
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...Read more15th August 2017
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,...Read more