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 by April 3, 2020. Many people will be surprised that the Brownfields Tax Credit program has operated since its inception in 1998 without a formal regulation in place. Instead, the DOR has operated on guidance and documents in the form of eight Technical Information Releases
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In response to the ever changing COVID-19 situation, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently ordered the closure of physical locations for non-essential businesses. This order contains exemptions for: - Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup- Licensed site clean-up professionals and other workers addressing hazardous spills, waste sites, and remediation. Therefore, Cooperstown Environmental LLC staff 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
With interest rates as low as they currently are, a lot of commercial property owners are refinancing. Depending on the property history, many lenders are going to require some environmental due diligence as part of the process. You likely did a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I) when you originally purchased the property or perhaps one was not done because the property was purchased before Phase I’s became common, you inherited it, or you originally bought it in cash. You probably feel like you don’t want to dig up something from the past and just want to get your
Susan Curtis, Cooperstown Environmental’s Managing Principal, attended Merrimack River Watershed Council's (MRWC) 4th annual State of the Waters 2020 Conference on January 31st. The conference helps to publicize an increased awareness of the economic, recreational and cultural importance of the Merrimack River to our region. 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 as well as Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). PFAS are man-made polyfluoroalkyl substances, sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals”, due to their tendency to bio-accumulate and because their stable chemical
Andover, MA (February 10, 2020) - Cooperstown Environmental LLC announces that it has appointed Lauren Brown to spearhead the firm’s Environmental Due Diligence practice, effective January 1st. The Andover, MA-based company provides environmental consulting and engineering support to businesses, governments, property developers, and others. Services include the management and implementation of a variety of site assessment and site remediation techniques for contaminated properties, sometimes known as “Brownfields,” as well as associated areas including tax credits, solar energy, and others. Environmental Due Diligence is typically performed by property buyers prior to purchase to assess the current use and prior history of