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
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 three 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!
You might say we get the gold medal when it comes to red tape. 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.
We can create, audit, and update Environmental Management Systems for you … prepare Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans that help you meet EPA regulations – and protect the environment against oil spills, toxic chemicals, and more … Our stormwater services involve providing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit assistance and testing treatment systems to ensure that they are operating effectively … and more.
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.
15th August 201731st July 2017
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,...Read more20th July 2017
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...Read more
28th June 2017
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,...Read more16th May 2017
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...Read more17th April 2017
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...Read more
03rd April 2017
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,...Read more20th March 2017
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...Read more13th March 2017
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....Read more
06th March 2017
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...Read more28th February 2017
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...Read more16th January 2017
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...Read more
03rd January 2017
The Girard building, Boston’s newest high-end residential building located in the city’s South End at 600 Harrison Avenue, recently opened and is quickly filling up. The Girard offers a residential experience of the highest quality that brings a content-rich living experience to a premier location. Developed by New Atlantic Development, a premier developer with decades...Read more13th December 2016
Many of you know that the 2010 Remediation General Permit (RGP), issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 (EPA) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), expired in September 2015. As noted in the LSPA email blast sent on September 15, 2016, the Draft RGP was published in the Federal Register...Read more12th December 2016
Isaac Anderson, a Project Manager at Cooperstown, recently participated in the Licensed Site Professional Association’s (LSPA) outreach and education initiative aimed at informing local health officials about environmental cleanups and the MCP. Isaac, along with LSPA Board Member Cosmo Gallinaro, presented “Case Study of a Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup” at the Massachusetts Association of Health...Read more
29th November 2016
When it comes to environmental contamination of real estate, the legal principle of “you break it, you buy it” does not apply – in fact, the reality is much worse! Under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) legislation (commonly known as Superfund), as well as state laws like Massachusetts’ C. 21E,...Read more23rd October 2016
What You Need to Know: Telemetry for Sub Slab Depressurization Systems Our last SSDS blog post described vapor intrusion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the role that sub slab depressurization systems (SSD systems or SSDS) are taking in maintaining safe conditions for building occupants. Vapor intrusion occurs when vapors from VOCs in soil or...Read more11th October 2016
Cooperstown Environmental is pleased to announce that Lisa Scott has joined the company as Project Geologist. Lisa graduated from Dartmouth College with a Master of Science in Geology. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colgate University. Lisa, an Andover resident, previously worked as an environmental consultant in Vermont and Massachusetts conducting monitoring...Read more
29th September 2016
ANDOVER, MA – Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed a 385-kW rooftop solar photovoltaic installation at 95 Haverhill Road in Amesbury, Massachusetts. The installation is complete and the system was placed in service on September 30, 2016. The panels are expected to produce more than 450,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of clean, renewable...Read more25th September 2016
Introduction – Why Sub Slab Depressurization is the “new big thing.” Environmental contamination of soil and groundwater is an unfortunate but common fact. Releases of oil and hazardous materials from spills, tank leaks, past industrial disposal practices, or accidents have resulted in conditions that potentially can affect the health of residents and workers. Whether you...Read more25th August 2016
BU, Northeastern, and Wellesley Await Final Decision A high profile Massachusetts lawsuit regarding the denial of Brownfields Tax Credits has been wending its way through the legal system over the past year and now sits in the lap of an Appeals Court judge. Recent filings by the defendant Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) and the...Read more
01st August 2016
Cooperstown Environmental was pleased to have been invited for the fourth 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,...Read more22nd July 2016
Cooperstown Environmental LLC, an environmental consulting firm based in Andover, Massachusetts, wishes to congratulate its employee, Eric Gulbicki, the 2016 recipient of the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSP) Scholarship. The purpose of the LSPA scholarships is to support continued education in the environmental field in Massachusetts and the New England Region. These scholarships are available...Read more15th March 2016
Sub slab depressurization systems (SSD Systems or SSDSs) in Massachusetts require telemetry systems to communicate with system owners and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). This requirement is relatively new (2014) and MassDEP has been working cooperatively with the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) to ensure that the regulations are effective, workable, and compliant....Read more
23rd February 2016
The solar photovoltaic energy market in Massachusetts is in disarray due to uncertainty in both the Solar Carve-Out II Program, better known as SREC II, and the net metering program. For both programs, the capacity limits set by the state have apparently been reached in part or in whole. Over the coming days, greater clarity...Read more09th February 2016
In a shocking and potentially disastrous announcement on Friday, February 5, 2016, Michael Judge, the Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), explained that the full capacity of the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (better known as SREC II) may have been reached for projects larger than 25 kW...Read more
Thinking of Preparing Your Own Brownfields Tax Credit Application? Cautionary Tales for Do It Yourselfers (DIYers)26th January 2016
ANDOVER, MA – Massachusetts has a robust package of liability protections and financial incentives for developers of properties, commonly known as “Brownfields,” which have been impacted by the presence or suspicion of environmental contamination. Due to the legacy of past uses, properties in areas across the state meet this definition. One of the best incentives that is...Read more
19th January 2016
Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed rooftop solar photovoltaic installations on two Reading Cooperative Bank branches in North Reading and Wilmington, Massachusetts. With a placed in service date of November 2015, the systems are already producing clean, renewable energy – a projected 45,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Cooperstown’s client was Park Middlesex LLC,...Read more28th December 2015
For the fourth 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, nearly two-thirds of the Brownfields tax credit recipients were clients of Cooperstown Environmental LLC, according to the state’s Tax Credit Transparency...Read more23rd December 2015
As LSPs, we know that keeping track of policy changes is critical. Luckily for Cooperstown, our Project Manager Isaac Anderson co-chairs the Licensed Site Professional Association (LSPA) Technical Practice Committee (TPC), a committee dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in the practice. Currently the TPC is partnering with MassDEP to streamline the telemetry...Read more