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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

Long Time, Now Retired, Employee Pays a Visit

Long Time, Now Retired, Employee Pays a Visit
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 States Air Force and worked many years as a troubleshooter at Raytheon's Electronics Testing Department. Currently he is enjoying his well deserved retirement!

2019 Holiday Party

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.                            

LSPA 2019 Contribution to the Practice Award

LSPA 2019 Contribution to the Practice Award
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 were the basis for the award included a remote monitoring (or telemetry) program, a first-of-its kind in the nation program that employs remote monitors to ensure human health and safety at contaminated properties. The telemetry program grew out of regulatory changes in 2014 that ensure

SMART Solar Installation at 160 Stedman Street in Lowell

SMART Solar Installation at 160 Stedman Street in Lowell
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 contract with the owner at a pre-determined rate. National Grid is the investor-owned utility (IOU) that services the Lowell area. The panels are expected to produce more than 110,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of clean, renewable energy. This is enough to power about 15 average Massachusetts

5 Ways to Screw Up Your Brownfield Tax Credit Application

5 Ways to Screw Up Your Brownfield Tax Credit Application
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 available about the program online, including the application forms, leading some to conclude that a successful application should be straightforward. Unfortunately, there are actually many traps and dead-ends that can cause hopeful recipients to miss out on recovering eligible costs or, in some unfortunate cases,

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…)

MS2 2019 Career Fair

MS2 2019 Career Fair
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. (more…)

Cooperstown President Presents at 2019 EBC Brownfields Seminar

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 good application. This well attended event included talks from other environmental professionals and state government employees. Slides from the EBC Brownfields Seminar are available online. Cooperstown Environmental is the recognized authority and market leader on the Brownfields Tax Credit program. We have submitted hundreds of