Our Services

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.

Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) & Licensed Site Professional (LSP) Services

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.

Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit Program

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!

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Sub Slab Depressurization System (SSDS) Services

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!

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Brownfields Redevelopment and Contaminated Soil Management Services

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 Tank (UST) Services

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.

Real Estate Environmental Assessments (Due Diligence)

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!

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Dewatering Permit Assistance & Environmental Regulatory Compliance 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.

Sustainability Services

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.

Public Involvement & Expert Witness Services

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.

Recent Posts

  • Is your Spill Prevention Plan Up to Date?

    Is your Spill Prevention Plan Up to Date?

    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...

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    Brownfield Tax Credit Incentivizes Cleanup in Milford

    29th 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...

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    Project Highlight – Andover Residence

    Project Highlight – Andover Residence

    15th 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,...

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  • The Brownfield Tax Credit Helps THE WHALES!

    The Brownfield Tax Credit Helps THE WHALES!

    20th 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...

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    NPDES Remediation General Permit Course

    NPDES Remediation General Permit Course

    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,...

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  • Underground Storage Tank Removals and/or Replacements

    Underground Storage Tank Removals and/or Replacements

    16th 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...

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    Dewatering Permits – The Highlights

    Dewatering Permits – The Highlights

    17th 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...

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    Part 3: What LSPs need to know about Indoor Air AEPMMs

    Part 3: What LSPs need to know about Indoor Air AEPMMs

    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,...

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  • 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?

    20th 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...

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    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)

    13th 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....

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    What is an Active Exposure Pathway Mitigation Measure (AEPMM)?

    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...

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  • Brownfield Tax Credit Helps Create The Washington Apartments

    Brownfield Tax Credit Helps Create The Washington Apartments

    28th 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...

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    Top in MA Brownfields Tax Credits for Fifth Consecutive Year

    Top in MA Brownfields Tax Credits for Fifth Consecutive Year

    16th 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...

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    Brownfield Tax Credit Helps Create Girard Building

    Brownfield Tax Credit Helps Create Girard Building

    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...

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  • Update on EPA’s Remediation General Permit

    Update on EPA’s Remediation General Permit

    13th 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...

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    Cooperstown Participates in Outreach and Education Initiative

    12th 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...

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    The Importance of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)

    The Importance of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)

    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,...

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  • Cooperstown Environmental LLC Consulting Team Grows

    Cooperstown Environmental LLC Consulting Team Grows

    11th 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...

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  • Why Is Everyone Talking About Sub Slab Depressurization Systems (SSD Systems)?

    Why Is Everyone Talking About Sub Slab Depressurization Systems (SSD Systems)?

    25th 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...

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  • Cooperstown Environmental Employee Wins Scholarship for Environmental Education

    Cooperstown Environmental Employee Wins Scholarship for Environmental Education

    22nd 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...

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    Changes Coming to Telemetry Registration Process in the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP)

    Changes Coming to Telemetry Registration Process in the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP)

    15th 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....

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    Future of Solar Energy in Massachusetts is Cloudy

    Future of Solar Energy in Massachusetts is Cloudy

    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...

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  • Uh-oh! Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (SREC II) is full!

    Uh-oh! Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (SREC II) is full!

    09th 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...

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    Thinking of Preparing Your Own Brownfields Tax Credit Application?   Cautionary Tales for Do It Yourselfers (DIYers)

    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...

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    Cooperstown Environmental Completes Solar Installations on Two Reading Cooperative Bank Branches

    Cooperstown Environmental Completes Solar Installations on Two Reading Cooperative Bank Branches

    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,...

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