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James Young

VP, PG, Senior LSP

Having been a mineral collector since grade school, Jim knew that he’d major in geology. After earning a BS in Geology from Tufts University and a Masters in Economic Geology at Colorado State University, he spent several years in metals exploration throughout the western US and Alaska before returning to New England to begin environmental consulting.

He chaired one of the workgroups involved in developing the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) and was among the first group of Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) licensed in 1993. He was also a member of a committee involved in development of the 1998 Brownfields legislation.

Jim became active on the LSP Association’s Loss Prevention Committee, serving as chair for two years. This led to his election to the LSPA Board, and then to his appointment as President in 2010. Since then, Jim has authored several technical articles for the LSPA newsletter, and provides training annually at the LSPA’s MCP For Everyone course. He is a charter member of both the NH Geological Society and the Massachusetts Geological Society.

At Cooperstown, Jim manages complex projects involving the assessment and remediation of hazardous waste sites under the MCP, which has been the focus of his work for over 30 years, as well as projects in other states. He also enjoys the “real geology” assignments that occasionally arise.

Jim occupies his leisure time hiking (only two NH 4,000-footers remain!), skiing, mineral collecting, gem cutting, and karate, which he has practiced and taught for four decades.