Highlight 2018 for Cooperstown Environmental
Baker, Brownfields, & Vapor Intrusion
Year of Progress and Accomplishments
By: Cooperstown Environmental
Governor Baker Meets with Cooperstown Staff
In August the firm hosted Governor Baker, accompanied by Massachusetts State Representatives and Congressional candidates, to discuss issues of importance to the environmental community in Massachusetts, including the vital importance of the state's tax credit program for redeveloping blighted "Brownfield"
Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credits – Lots of News
Cooperstown Environmental is known as the acknowledged authority on the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program and our clients rely on our expertise in all facets of the program. 2018 was filled with many advances and important updates including:
Brownfields Tax Credit Extended Five More Years
On May 31, 2018, the Housing Bond Bill (H.4536) was signed into law by Governor Baker. The bond bill included language that extended the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit for five additional years, through 2023; prior to this legislation, the credit would have expired at the end of 2018. Read more ….
Brownfields Tax Credit Reaches 20-Year Anniversary
August 2018 marked twenty years since the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit was created as part of the "Brownfields Act." The tax credit has been demonstrated to be a powerful economic incentive that drives cleanups of contaminated sites with the goal of returning them to productive uses. These twin benefits of environmental protection and economic development work to benefit all Massachusetts citizens. Read more ….
Cooperstown Environmental LLC Again Top Brownfields Tax Credits Firm
For an incredible 7th consecutive year, Cooperstown Environmental LLC is the top consulting firm in Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit awards, according to official statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR). Once again, the state's Tax Credit Transparency Report, shows that more than half of the approved applications were completed by the firm, as has been true every year since the state began releasing these statistics. Read more ….
Colleges Prevail in Lawsuit vs. DOR Over Denial of Brownfield Credits
A long-running lawsuit filed in 2014 finally ended with three Massachusetts colleges – Boston University, Wellesley College, and Northeastern University – receiving millions of dollars of state Brownfields Tax Credits. Cooperstown represented one of the plaintiffs and has followed the case closely since the credit applications were filed in 2012, issuing updates throughout the long process from Superior Court ultimately to the SJC. Read more ….
Cooperstown Adds 4th LSP, And Others in Growth Spurt
Cooperstown's traditional business line, in addition to Brownfields Tax Credit services and Vapor Intrusion Solutions, is providing environmental site assessment, remediation, and engineering related to contamination. In Massachusetts, such cleanups are overseen by a Licensed Site Professional (LSP), an expert licensed and regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Cooperstown welcomed Lauren Konetzny, LSP to its staff late in 2018. Ms. Konetzny is one of four LSPs on staff at Cooperstown, along with President James T. Curtis, PE, LSP; Jeanne Westervelt, PG, LSP and Director of Technical Services; and James S. Young, PG, LSP. In addition to Konetzny, Cooperstown also hired other staff in 2018 as described in this press release.
Vapor Intrusion Solutions – Employee Spotlight
"Vapor Intrusion" has become one of the most prominent issues in the environmental field today and refers to the infiltration of contaminant vapors into an occupied building which can pose health hazard to building occupants (residents and/or employees). Isaac Anderson, Senior Project Manager at Cooperstown, is a recognized expert in this emerging issue and leads Cooperstown's vapor intrusion (VI) practice. Our work in 2018 extended across all aspects of VI in multiple New England states and included procedures for measuring VI, designing solutions to prevent exposure in new and previously existing buildings, constructing sub slab depressurization systems, telemetry installation and ongoing operation & maintenance. Under Isaac's leadership, Cooperstown has become a leading practitioner of VI Solutions and he has written and presented in many forums regarding the topic. Presentations related to various VI solutions are already in the works for 2019. Be on the lookout for new and exciting things in this area of the practice.
Cooperstown Environmental LLC is an Andover-based Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and environmental engineering consulting firm that was a pioneer in the Brownfields tax credit market. In addition to providing LSP Services and Brownfield Tax Credit consulting and advisory services, the firm purchases Brownfields tax credits and provides brokering services. For more information, please contact us by phone (978) 470-4755, email info@CooperstownEnv.com (mailto:info@