Find an LSP


An important part of the LSPA's mission is to serve as a resource for the general public concerning remediation of oil and hazardous material release sites. Accordingly, we offer assistance to homeowners and others who may need the services of, or information about, LSPs. Click here to search the LSPA Member Directory to find an environmental professional. 

If you are not familiar with what an LSP does, please read What Is an LSP?

If you are a homeowner who is ready to hire an LSP, you can find LSPA members who serve your particular locality in LSPs for Homeowners.

Before you engage the services of an LSP, please see MassDEP’s fact sheet on How to Hire an LSP which is summarized below.  

A.   Suggested Steps and Checklist for Hiring an LSP
 
1.  Evaluate more than one LSP. Obtain a written scope of work and cost estimate from several LSPs that includes the following: 

a)    State regulatory requirements applicable to your situation;
b)    Actions being proposed to meet those requirements;
c)    The LSP's proposed schedule for completing work;
d)    Deadlines and fees that may be imposed by MassDEP; and
e)    The cost of all LSP and related services.

2.  Ask for and check references. Contact the LSP Board and ask if any complaints resulting in discipline have been filed against the LSPs you are considering.

3.  Compare the experience and costs of all LSPs.

4. Do not base your selection strictly on costs - a less expensive initial proposal may cost you more in the long run.

 B.   Once You Find an LSP

  1. When you hire an LSP, obtain a written contract describing the work to be done and specifying all costs. Keep in mind, however, that this contract will provide only an estimate of the necessary work and costs, as it is based on the information that is available at the time of the estimate. Once work begins, your LSP may find that the problem is more or less extensive than originally believed. Require your LSP to discuss any project changes with you before proceeding with work.
The contract with your LSP should include all of the following:

a)    Clear cleanup objectives;
b)    Specific actions that will be taken to address contamination;
c)    A proposed schedule for completing work; and
d)    A budget, specifying:   
i) Fixed costs, either as a lump sum or as unit prices for each item; and
ii)  Items to be charged (e.g., laboratory work, equipment and materials, labor hours).
Neither MassDEP nor the LSP Board has authority over the fees charged by LSPs. Be sure that the contract is clear about the fees that you may be charged.
e)    How changes in the project will be handled.

 

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