Congratulations to Lauren Konetzny LSP and Senior Project Manager here at Cooperstown Environmental. Lauren was re-elected to the LSP Association Board of Directors and will begin her second 3-year term on July 1, 2020. Lauren has been an active and involved member of the LSP Association (LSPA) her entire career. She was a founder and...Read more
We are Cooperstown Environmental
Cooperstown Environmental is a business with big-city expertise in all areas of environmental engineering. We really know our stuff when it comes to environmental engineering consulting services and the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program.
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 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 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!
Helping you navigate the Brownfields Tax Credit application program is an important part of what we do. We don’t stop there; in fact, often we don’t start there. Call on our Brownfields Redevelopment experience to help you maximize your future Brownfield credits while minimizing site redevelopment costs. Contaminated soil management often is the largest cost component of a Brownfields redevelopment project, and our depth of experience and industry contacts can preserve your capital.
There is a little more to real estate than just 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.
Underground storage tanks (USTs) are a common source of environmental impact – and regulations with regard to their removal are strict. We can provide services for all tanks, including the removal, replacement, or upgrade of existing tanks and remediating leaks.
We are experienced with all aspects of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) dewatering permits and any associated treatment systems. Additionally, 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.
Sometimes engineers perform tasks you might not expect, like testifying in court or providing 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.
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.
Challenging new projects. Creative yet practical solutions. Innovative ways to protect the planet – one property at a time. Catch up on the latest news from Cooperstown Environmental here.
25th June 202023rd May 2020
Even amidst the coronavirus shutdowns, solar power continues to shine. In fact, for many systems recent days have been among the top-producing days in the past several years, with long days, cool temperatures, wind, and full sun. Solar installations in Massachusetts have soared over the past few years as the state has implemented a variety...Read more12th May 2020
A: A sale where the seller “holds the paper” – in other words, sells the property to a buyer for no money down or a small deposit, with the balance of the selling price converted to a mortgage on the site is a common occurrence in the real estate industry, particularly with a contaminated property....Read more
22nd April 2020
Today, Wednesday April 22nd 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day 2020 has a lot of people rethinking their relationship with our environment. Maybe this year you looked longingly at the outdoors while working from home, or watching small kids that normally would be in daycare or school, or found yourself without...Read more07th April 2020
Cooperstown employees are masked up to protect themselves, our clients and the community when they are performing necessary work at client sites. Eric is wearing a disposable #mask here, but you will mostly see us wearing a homemade cloth mask (thank you to LSP Lauren Konetzny for her sewing skills!) as we strive to let...Read more26th March 2020
On March 9, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) released a “Working Draft Regulation: 830 CMR 63.38Q.1: Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit” for public comment. Cooperstown Environmental LLC staff have thoroughly read through the proposed guidance and have summarized some of our observations here for our clients and colleagues. Comments are due back to DOR...Read more
24th March 2020
Environmental remediation personnel are considered essential personnel and will continue to be available to work on your environmental remediation projects when such work can be performed safely. Field activities conducted outdoors will generally proceed, with "social distancing" protocols in place. Much or all of our office work is being conducted remotely to minimize exposure potential and protect the safety of our staff.Read more13th February 2020
Cooperstown attended the Merrimack River Watershed Council 2020 State of the Waters Conference. This year’s theme was, Next Generation Pollution: The Challenges and Solutions. Among the lecture topics were contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), microplastics, and pharmaceuticals.Read more10th February 2020
Lauren Brown has been appointed to to spearhead Cooperstown's Environmental Due Diligence practice. In her expanded role, she grow the firm’s business in performing Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs).Read more
21st January 2020
Cooperstown Environmental is the leading authority in the tax credit program and assisted Prospect Iron and Steel, in applying for and obtaining this credit. Prospect Iron and Steel received more than $30,000 of brownfields tax credits issued by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Cooperstown purchased the credits at the end of the process, providing a turnkey solution to the company, allowing Prospect Iron and Steel to use the proceeds to offset the significant site remediation costs required to remediate this property and return it to productive use, benefitting both the Lawrence economy and the environment.Read more31st December 2019
As 2019 comes to close, we at Cooperstown Environmental LLC find ourselves reflecting on advances in the Massachusetts environmental industry over the past decade. We wanted to share a few of the major areas of progress with our clients and colleagues. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the growth of this...Read more21st December 2019
Long time Cooperstown Environmental employee Dick Deveau visited our offices this past week. As of his retirement in 2016, Dick was Cooperstown’s longest tenured employee (aside from company founders Susan Curtis and James Curtis) having spent many years performing valuable field work and remediation system maintenance. Prior to entering environmental work, Dick served in the United...Read more
17th December 2019
Thank you to Susan Curtis and James Curtis for hosting a lovely 2019 Cooperstown Environmental holiday party at La Fina in Andover. We had a wonderful evening of food and drink with our wonderful colleagues and clients.Read more26th November 2019
Isaac Anderson, Senior Project Manager at Cooperstown Environmental, was honored with the Licensed Site Professional Association’s (LSPA) 2019 “Contribution to the Practice Award”. Anderson shared the award with co-recipient Brian Roden of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), in recognition of the impressive cooperation between industry and regulators. The contributions to the practice that...Read more14th November 2019
Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed a 95-kW rooftop solar photovoltaic installation at 160 Stedman Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. The project was installed under Massachusetts’ new SMART solar incentive program. Under this program, power produced by the panels is fed into the electrical grid and the utility pays for the power under a 20-year...Read more
05th November 2019
How can one screw up an otherwise eligible Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit Application? It looks easy, but it’s not! The Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit is a well-established incentive program designed to provide financial relief to innocent parties who incur significant costs to clean up contaminated properties for commercial use. A significant amount of information is...Read more21st October 2019
Thank you to the LSP Association for putting on a wonderful 2019 LSPA Annual Dinner. We enjoyed a wonderful evening of food, conversation and seeing people we hadn’t seen in years. Additionally we are proud be have been able to celebrate Isaac Anderson being presented with (along with Brian Roden of MassDEP) a 2019 LSPA...Read more12th August 2019
For the seventh year in a row Cooperstown Environmental attended the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS2) career fair held at Phillips Academy. MS2 has been bringing students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to Andover since 1977 to spend their summers not only studying math and science, but also developing aspirations for their futures.Read more
18th July 2019
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. Also discussed were some of the pitfalls that can waylay an otherwise...Read more08th 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. Buildings include a community room, laundry facilities, and 25 parking spaces....Read more
27th May 2019
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 are a number of instances where the list of...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 more18th April 2019
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 preservation organization in the country, dedicated to acquiring land and preserving it in its natural state. Over...Read more
15th 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. The construction supervisor license...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 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification by...Read more25th March 2019
Massachusetts has a well-established incentive program, the Brownfields Tax Credit 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. Some of the key Brownfields Tax Credit terms that appear in the statutory language can create confusion and cause problems for...Read more
04th 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 more12th 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 more