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 and the paperwork associated with finding and approving a facility to accept the material often takes at least a month. To minimize these costs and avoid unexpected delays, it is best to hire an environmental consulting firm, such as Cooperstown Environmental, prior to breaking ground.
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Cooperstown Environmental LLC Supports VietAID’s Housing Development with the Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit
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. Developed by Boston-based Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development, Inc. (VietAID), the project sits close to the MBTA Commuter Rail Fairmount Line, and brings essential density and definition to the neighborhood. Cooperstown Environmental LLC, an acknowledged authority on the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program, helped support this
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 EDAs has not been updated in a timely manner. That is, a town or city or an area within a town or city may have been designated an EDA since the list on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) web site was last published. Cooperstown
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 health risks associated with contaminants contained in the airborne dust on more sensitive nearby receptors who may also be exposed. This is an issue that frequently must be anticipated for Release Abatement Measures, Immediate Response Actions, and comprehensive remedial actions at Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP)
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 the years, AVIS has secured over 1,100 acres with 30 miles of trails open to the public, maintained by countless volunteers, including wardens for each of over 25 reservations. Cooperstown Environmental has been a long-time supporter of the organization and is proud to support the
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 requires passing a test that assesses familiarity with building codes, technologies and practices. Mr. Anderson's expertise has been developed through a lifetime of “hands-on” experience with construction, carpentry, timber management, electrical, plumbing, and site work across a variety of industries. His firsthand experience and detailed
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 passing a rigorous examination and will be obligated to complete ongoing continuing education classes and courses to maintain his certification. Mr. Gulbicki’s ongoing professional development benefits Cooperstown’s clients by adding to his repertoire of skills. Eric has been a valuable team member at Cooperstown Environmental
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 those trying to receive a brownfields tax credit. A significant amount of information is about the program available on-line, so it may be tempting to conclude that the process is obvious, or at least straightforward. The reality, however, is that there are many traps and
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. (more…)
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 to the offices of Cooperstown Environmental LLC highlighted a year of progress and accomplishment for our Andover-based environmental consulting firm, which specializes in Licensed Site Professional (LSP) services, Brownfields Tax Credits, and Vapor Intrusion Solutions. Governor Baker Meets with Cooperstown Staff In August the firm