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Environmental Due Diligence for Property Refinancing

Environmental Due Diligence for Property Refinancing
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

What Can Brown Do for You? Environmental Due Diligence!

What Can Brown Do for You? Environmental Due Diligence!
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

2019 Annual LSPA Dinner

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 Contribution to the Practice Award. (more…)

Lauren M. Konetzny, LSP Joins Cooperstown Environmental

Lauren M. Konetzny, LSP Joins Cooperstown Environmental
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 are experienced professionals who oversee the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites in Massachusetts under MGL c. 21E. Lauren was elected by her peers to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the LSP Association, a professional trade group, through 2020. She

Looking… Towards a Cleaner 2018!

Looking… Towards a Cleaner 2018!
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! This year, we would like to encourage you to do your part to help make our environment a little cleaner. Below are a few small things that everyone can do which will make a difference: Recycle Reduce paper use Reduce water consumption Use reusable water

Project Highlight – Andover Residence

Project Highlight – Andover Residence
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, the family removed the tank to place the property on the market for sale. During the tank removal, numerous holes were discovered in the tank causing a release of fuel oil into the environment. By law these types of releases are reported to the Massachusetts

Underground Storage Tank Removals and/or Replacements

Underground Storage Tank Removals and/or Replacements
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 permanently closed-in-place by July 1, 2018). At the time of the tank removal, environmental conditions must be assessed per state and federal regulations, since it is possible that contamination may exist in the area of the UST(s). In Massachusetts, tanks must be closed in accordance

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

The Importance of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
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, legal liability for environmental contamination is “strict.” This means that the property owner is per se responsible for any contamination at that property - period. It does not matter if the owner caused or contributed to the contamination. It does not matter if the contamination