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Sunny Days Ahead for Solar Power in Massachusetts

Sunny Days Ahead for Solar Power  in Massachusetts
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 of incentives to expand the deployment of these clean energy generation units. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) launched the first Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) program in January 2010 with a capacity target of 400 MW. That program, now referred to as SREC-1,

Q: Can a Mortgage Holder Qualify for Brownfields Tax Credits?

Q: Can a Mortgage Holder Qualify for Brownfields Tax Credits?
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. This type of sale may be the best option when the site has known contamination that prevents a buyer from obtaining traditional bank financing, as many lenders shy away from extending loans on contaminated properties prior to receiving a Permanent Solution (colloquially known as a

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 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 employment as a direct result of COVID19. Perhaps you were completely unable to leave your house at all because of the new coronavirus. Before we know it we all will be back outside to enjoy the fresh air! Cooperstown is continuing to clean the planet

Masks for Essential Employees

Masks for Essential Employees
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 the disposable masks be used by the medical professionals who need them most right now.

Brownfields Tax Credit Regulations Proposed by MassDOR

Brownfields Tax Credit Regulations Proposed by MassDOR
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

Essential Personnel during COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Cooperstown Environmental Supports Merrimack River Conservation Efforts

Cooperstown Environmental Supports Merrimack River Conservation Efforts
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

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

Lawrence Company Helped by Brownfield Tax Credit Program

Lawrence Company Helped by Brownfield Tax Credit Program
Prospect Iron and Steel Corporation is a family company that was started by the grandfather and granduncle of current vice president Bob Nash more than 92 years ago. After 87 years in Somerville, Prospect Iron and Steel moved their scrap recycling business to Lawrence, Massachusetts in 2014, a move prompted by an eminent domain taking to allow the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line to move into Somerville. Before purchasing the property, the company performed due diligence activities and determined that the property on Medford Street they planned to purchase was contaminated. The company’s environmental professional determined that the

Reflecting on the Past Decade of the Massachusetts Environmental Industry

Reflecting on the Past Decade of the Massachusetts Environmental Industry
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 industry and to making Massachusetts a cleaner and safer place! Since you are probably all too sick of the end-of-the-decade “Top 10” lists we created a Pick Six of highlights: Vapor Intrusion In December 2010 the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) published the Vapor Intrusion