Q: Does a Holder of a Development License Qualify for Brownfields Tax Credits? A: In some cases, a municipality that owns property may enter into a license agreement with a for-profit or not-for-profit developer that allows the licensee (developer) to construct housing (typically) on the city-owned property. Following completion, the housing would be transferred into...Read more
Digging into the Details of What We Can Do for You
When it comes to solving your environmental challenges, we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. From due diligence and site investigations to remediation and soil management to compliance and sustainability, Cooperstown Environmental provides expert service – always with a personal touch. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’re in the hands of experts in all these areas of environmental engineering.
When oil and hazardous materials are found, somebody has to clean it up. We hope that somebody is us. We are Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) who are well versed in complying with the intricate regulations of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) and can help guide you through the process in a practical way.
We are a full-service firm: we collect samples of soil, groundwater, surface water, wetlands, or indoor air and analyze them for contamination … we assess risks to human health and the environment … we evaluate alternatives for remediation, if necessary … and implement a remedy – always with an eye toward the most practical and cost-effective solution.
We like to say that we turn Brownfields Green – both your property and your bank account! According to Massachusetts Department of Revenue statistics, Cooperstown Environmental has been the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards for five years in a row. Whether you have a contaminated property you’d like cleaned up for reuse, or you’ve already completed a project and want to seek a rebate – you’re at the right place!
Sub Slab Depressurization Systems are used to counteract vapor intrusion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into occupied buildings and protect the health of residents and workers. Cooperstown is a leading expert in this emerging field. Our services range from site assessments of contamination to identify the need for an SSDS, to system design, implementation, and operation. A particular expertise is the telemetry system that communicates with regulatory agencies and site owners to ensure proper SSDS operation 24/7/365. Hire Cooperstown – and breathe easier!
We’ve got the dirt on what to do about contaminated soil. Soil management is often a key cost driver when redeveloping contaminated and urban properties. Whether your site requires on-site treatment, off-site transportation and disposal, or both, we’re highly experienced in handling the issue. We have long helped our Brownfields clients manage contaminated soil in an environmentally sound and cost-effective manner. We also think strategically about the potential for a Brownfields Tax Credit as a means to reduce the net cost of the site redevelopment effort.
Underground storage tanks are a common source of environmental contamination– over time many UST systems have leaks, spills, or overfills. When tanks are removed or replaced, federal and state laws require an environmental assessment. We can work with your contractor or provide a turnkey solution.
Actually, there is a little more to real estate than location, location, location – especially if the location might be affected by contamination. How do you know whether the property has an environmental issue? What are the risks involved during sale or acquisition? And what do you do about it? We can help.
At Cooperstown Environmental, due diligence and ASTM Phase I environmental site assessments (ESAs) are a fundamental part of our toolkit. We routinely screen properties to analyze the risks involved on behalf of buyers, sellers, and lenders. We develop an appropriate ESA scope that is based on property history and provides the information you need to close the deal. In addition, should we find actionable environmental conditions, we have the credentials and expertise to see the project through, including on-staff LSPs and PEs. And if your property is eligible for a Brownfields Tax Credit, we’re your best option with that as well. Truly full-spectrum services!
We are experienced with all aspects of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) dewatering permits and any associated treatment systems. Including but not exclusively testing, permitting, reporting, and monitoring. We have our finger on the pulse of the ongoing changes at the NPDES program and use this knowledge to help our clients. Our expertise in environmental regulatory compliance services extends to Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans to meet EPA requirements for helping facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.
We not only speak the language of government regulations, we also know what it takes to meet the requirements they set – all while helping you improve performance with regard to environmental goals.
When it comes to the environment, it’s not enough just to make things better. The key is to make sure they stay that way. Cooperstown Environmental is committed to creating and expanding programs that promote sustainability.
We provide robust solar energy development services and can shepherd you through the entire process, from identifying viable sites and conducting feasibility studies to negotiating Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), overseeing the installation of photovoltaic panels, and registering the system with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on your behalf.
We even own and operate our own solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that collectively produce more than 700,000 kilowatt-hours of solar energy each year. That is enough to provide for the electricity needs of 100 average single-family homes in Massachusetts!
Cooperstown Environmental is also a proud supporter of Northern Woodlands and The Trustees of Reservations, both organizations committed to preserving and improving our natural environment. Please consider joining us in supporting these great organizations.
Sometimes engineers perform tasks you might not expect, like testify in court or provide an educational presentation to a municipal audience. At Cooperstown Environmental, it’s all in a day’s work – which means we go all out to provide high-quality service that meets the specific needs of our clients.
Our education and outreach efforts, all of which focus on developing and implementing initiatives and raising environmental awareness, take many forms. For example, we provide training on the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) regulations to other consultants . . . we participate in Science Fairs for budding engineers at local schools . . . and make presentations to both industry peers and community members about project work.
We also make communication a priority, making sure everyone involved in a project is kept up to date on a timely basis. And, when needed, we provide expert assistance related to litigation.
16th October 202027th July 2020
You are interested in purchasing, refinancing or leasing a commercial property. As one who prefers to make well-informed, risk-identified transactions, you know the importance of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I) and plan to perform due diligence. While you know of a Phase I and are on the cusp of choosing a consultant,...Read more25th June 2020
Congratulations to Lauren Konetzny LSP and Senior Project Manager here at Cooperstown Environmental. Lauren was re-elected to the LSP Association Board of Directors and will begin her second 3-year term on July 1, 2020. Lauren has been an active and involved member of the LSP Association (LSPA) her entire career. She was a founder and...Read more
23rd May 2020
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...Read more12th May 2020
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....Read more22nd April 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...Read more
07th April 2020
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...Read more26th March 2020
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...Read more24th March 2020
Environmental remediation personnel are considered essential personnel and will 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 potential and protect the safety of our staff.Read more
18th March 2020
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...Read more13th February 2020
Cooperstown attended the Merrimack River Watershed Council 2020 State of the Waters Conference. 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.Read more10th February 2020
Lauren Brown has been appointed to to spearhead Cooperstown's Environmental Due Diligence practice. In her expanded role, she grow the firm’s business in performing Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs).Read more
21st January 2020
Cooperstown Environmental is the leading authority in the tax credit program and assisted Prospect Iron and Steel, in applying for and obtaining this credit. Prospect Iron and Steel received more than $30,000 of brownfields tax credits issued by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Cooperstown purchased the credits at the end of the process, providing a turnkey solution to the company, allowing Prospect Iron and Steel to use the proceeds to offset the significant site remediation costs required to remediate this property and return it to productive use, benefitting both the Lawrence economy and the environment.Read more06th January 2020
Q: Is the sale of Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credits taxable? A: Like it or not, the answer is almost surely “Yes”.Read more31st December 2019
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...Read more
21st December 2019
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...Read more17th December 2019
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.Read more26th November 2019
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...Read more
14th November 2019
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...Read more05th November 2019
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...Read more21st October 2019
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...Read more
12th August 2019
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.Read more18th July 2019
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...Read more08th July 2019
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...Read more
Cooperstown Environmental LLC Supports VietAID’s Housing Development with the Massachusetts Brownfield Tax Credit10th June 2019
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....Read more27th May 2019
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...Read more13th May 2019
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...Read more
18th April 2019
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...Read more15th April 2019
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...Read more01st April 2019
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...Read more