LSPA News & Blog

LSPA Scholarship Annual Golf Tournament: June 8, 2022

Save the Date! 

The LSPA Scholarship Fund will be hosting its annual Scholarship Fund Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at the Highfields Golf & Country Club in Grafton.
 
As in previous years, we are looking for sponsors and participants (see details below).
 
BECOME A SPONSOR OF THE EVENT TODAY!
Simply click on the link below.
 
Although we accept both checks and credit cards, a larger portion of your contribution will go to the Scholarship Fund if you pay by check! Follow the registration links for name and address details.

In light of ongoing concerns about COVID-19, we strongly urge all participants to get fully vaccinated and to follow established COVID-related safety protocols.

About the LSPA Scholarship Fund

The LSP Association Scholarship Fund provides annual educational scholarships for qualified applicants. These scholarships are available to LSP Association members and members of their immediate families enrolled in a degree program at an accredited New England college or university, and/or to qualified Massachusetts residents who are enrolled in a public or private Massachusetts college or university pursuing a major that is consistent with becoming an LSP or Environmental Professional.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to support continued education in environmental fields in the Massachusetts and New England region. While the number and amount of the scholarships vary each year, the annual goal is to provide $3,000 - $5,000 scholarships to qualified individuals.


LSPA Introduces March 2022 Compliance Tip

The following LSPA compliance tip was presented at the March 2022 Membership Meeting, which was held virtually through the Zoom webinar platform, on March 15, 2022.  

Compliance Tip:
An LSP may request an advisory ruling from the LSP Board of Registration for an interpretation of one or more of the LSP Rules of Professional Conduct.  Advisory rulings will be issued at the Board's discretion and only upon written request.  The regulation at 309 CMR 5.00 provides rules for such requests.  

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Environmental, Energy, and Engineering Career Fair, April 11, 2022

The Environmental Business Council (EBC) is sponsoring a job fair; this is a great opportunity to explore careers in the environmental, energy, engineering, and natural resources fields. The Fair features employers from the private, government, and nonprofit sectors with career-level positions and paid internships.

The April 11, 2022 Fair is free to attend and open to all. 
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Where: John B. Hynes Convention Center, Junior Ballroom, 302

Click here for more information.


Governor Baker Appoints Two LSPA Members to LSP Board of Registration

The Commonwealth’s Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals (the LSP Board) has two new members. The recent appointment by Governor Baker of LSPs Craig Ellis and Paul McKinlay to the Board, filled the two remaining open seats. The 11-member board licenses and regulates the 458 LSPs statewide.  
Millie Garcia-Serrano, LSP Board Chair, welcomed Craig and Paul to their first Board meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.  Beverly Coles-Roby, LSP Board Executive Director, shared each of their bios. The LSPA congratulations Craig and Paul, both LSPA members, on their appointments. 

The enabling legislation for the LSP Board (MGL c. 21A, Sections 19A-19J) establishes the Board as an independent entity, located for administrative purposes within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Section 19A specifies that the Board should consist of eleven members, each of whom serves a four year term; Board members do not receive compensation from the Commonwealth for their work on the Board. 

The Chair of the Board is the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) or his designee; the designee must be a full-time employee of the Department at all times while chairing the Board. The current designee is Millie Garcia-Serrano, Regional Director, MassDEP Southeast Regional Office.

The other ten members of the Board, all appointed by the Governor, are as follows:  
  • There are five seats on the Board for currently-licensed LSPs
    • David Austin, AECOM
    • Kathleen Campbell, CDW Consultants
    • Craig Ellis, Beta Group
    • Gregg McBride, GZA GeoEnvironmental
    • Paul McKinlay, Weston & Sampson
  • Three Board members must be members of statewide organizations that promote the protection of the environment 
    • Kirk Franklin, Frank Corp.
    • Patrick Herron, Mystic River Watershed Association
    • Debra M. Listernick, O'Reilly Talbot & Okun Associates
  • One Board position is designated for a hydrogeologist
    • Gail Batchelder, HRP Associates, Inc
  • One member of the Board is designated for a member of a labor organization
    • James N. Smith, Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston, MA
Read bios of LSP Board members here.


Action Alert: Urge Your State Senator to Support LSPA’s Home Heating Oil Insurance Bill

Earlier this month the LSPA's bill S. 676, which would mandate that insurance companies provide first- and third-party coverage for home heating oil releases, was favorably reported out of the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Financial Services. This was great news. The bill is next being considered by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Senator Michael Rodrigues.   
 
It would be a significant achievement if the bill is reported favorably by this committee. The LSPA is asking you to please consider writing to your state senator to urge their support of the bill. The more requests from constituents, the more visibility our bill gets. Regardless of whether or not your state senator is a member the Senate Committee on Ways and Means NOW is the time to get their attention. 
 
Check here to find your state senator. 
 
Attached here is a sample email you can send. All senators’ email addresses are on their home page. No need to send paper mail.
 
If you have experience with a home heating oil release, especially one in which the homeowner did not have insurance or had a tough time getting coverage, please feel free to share this in your letter. Real life examples are most compelling, especially if your client’s property is in the district of one of these senators.  
 
For more information about the bill, please read the recent Boston Globe editorial supporting the legislation, as well as the LSPA’s letter (written before the bill was passed by the Joint Committee on Financial Services)and fact sheet. In addition, our bill has benefitted from a supporting letter from six state environmental organizations. We encourage you to mention in your letter if you are a member of any of these organizations. 
 
Please contact our Executive Director Wendy Rundle at [email protected] if you have any questions. 
 
Thank you for your support; we will keep LSPA members apprised.
 
 
LSPA Legislative Committee Co-Chairs
Spence Smith, LSP, Jacobs
Tim Clinton, LSP, Fuss & O’Neill


Boston Globe Endorses LSPA's Legislation

After a flurry of media attention kicked off by this article, the Boston Globe published an editorial on February 26, 2022 in support of the LSPA's bill Senate #676, An Act relative to the remediation of home heating oil releases.  Many thanks to the Globe for pointing out that the bill "would secure the protection Massachusetts homeowners deserve — requiring insurers to provide oil leak coverage."  And the editorial closed with a message for legislators:  "Catastrophic expenses can be, well, catastrophic. And if lawmakers can easily prevent them, they should."  The bill is now being considered by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

More News Stories about Local Family Dealing with Fuel Oil Spill

Here are two more news stories about the Wareham family dealing with a fuel oil spill: 

Any homeowner in Massachusetts who has faced this situation, without insurance coverage, knows how challenging it is. Hopefully this media coverage is raising awareness and more homeowners will buy fuel oil insurance riders. We hope that state legislators will also be motivated to pass Senate Bill No. 676, An Act relative to the remediation of home heating oil releases, which would require that all Massachusetts homeowner insurance policies provide coverage for the cleanup of accidental releases of home heating oil. Please contact your state senator and representative to ask for their support.  

Insurance Needed for Cleanup of Accidental Releases of Home Heating Oil

Thank you to the Boston Globe's Sean Murphy for his article highlighting the terrible plight of the Proctors and the hundreds of other homeowners in Massachusetts who face this situation annually. The LSPA is the sponsor of Senate Bill No. 676, An Act relative to the remediation of home heating oil releases. This bill would require that all Massachusetts homeowner insurance policies provide coverage for the cleanup of accidental releases of home heating oil. This important pro-consumer, pro-environment bill will help homeowners with the financial burden of addressing accidental spills of their home heating oil, and ensure the prompt cleanup of such spills to better protect groundwater and mitigate damage to the environment.  Please contact your state senator and representative to ask for their support.

 

LSPA Introduces February 2022 Compliance Tip

The following LSPA compliance tip was presented at the February 2022 Membership Meeting, which was held virtually through the Zoom webinar platform, on February 16, 2022.  

Compliance Tip:

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UST Board Meetings 2022

LSPA members who are stakeholders of the MassDOR UST Reimbursement Program are encouraged to participate in the public meetings of two subcommittees recently formed by the 21J Board.  One subcommittee is working on the goal of evaluating and updating the Appendix 3 Fee Schedule.  The second group is the Fee Schedule and Policy Review Subcommittee which will evaluate the fee schedule and policies including Board Approved Site Assessments (BASA), reimbursement for analysis of EPH samples, and reimbursement for soil transportation and disposal.

All meetings are listed on the UST Board website.  More details here.

LSPA Introduces New Compliance Tip for January 2022

The following LSPA compliance tip was presented at the January 2022 Membership Meeting, which was held virtually through the Zoom webinar platform, on January 27, 2022.  

Compliance Tip:
All LSPs should have recently received an invoice from the LSP Board of Registration indicating that their annual renewal fee of $225 is due by March 1, 2022. Paying this fee in a timely manner is necessary to maintain your license. If you have not yet received an invoice, you should contact the LSP Board at [email protected]. More details about payment can be found at 309 CMR 2.09 Annual Fee. 

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Don't Forget to Update Your LSPA Member Profile Specialties

Now that you have renewed your LSPA membership for 2022, please take a look at this page on the LSPA website. When you click on "Find an LSP," your name, company, and city/town will be searchable. We encourage you to fully complete the "Specialty Field" section of your member profile, as this will allow visitors to the LSPA website to find you by your specialties. You can edit this field at any time. Please see instructions here.
 
Haven’t yet renewed your membership for 2022? Please click here to renew.


Job Postings on LSPA Website

The LSPA website homepage has a drop down menu called Job Postings where a visitor can find the LSPA Job Board; it had ten job openings listed at the time of this writing.  

One recent job opportunity came to us on December 30, 2021 from the MA Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). They shared a link for an Environmental Project Manager position.
 
If you or someone you know is looking for a job, please remember to bookmark and check this LSPA webpage regularly.  


Three LSPs Discuss LSP Exam Prep

The LSPA's Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) is dedicated to providing educational & social programs for professionals who are new to environmental consulting in Massachusetts. 

In April 2021, the EPC presented “LSP Exam Prep & Overview" in which three LSPs discussed their experiences preparing for, and taking the LSP exam in 2019 and 2020 (under Covid restrictions). This presentation continues to be timely for anyone planning to take the exam soon, as well as for those curious about and perhaps intimidated by the prospect.

The 90-minute video of this event is available here for your viewing, and also includes an extended Q&A session.   

Learn more about the EPC and connect with committee chairs here.


MassDEP's Listening Session on Management of Contaminated Soil

On Thursday, December 16, 2021, MassDEP held a listening session to learn more about the issues and challenges related to managing contaminated soil. The meeting was hosted by MassDEP’s Liz Callahan (Acting Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup), Greg Cooper (Division Director, Business Compliance & Recycling), and Paul Locke (Acting Deputy Commissioner, Policy & Planning). 
 
The video of this meeting is available on MassDEP’s new soil management discussion page.
 
The LSPA was pleased to see a variety of sectors represented including state agencies, environmental consultants, landfill operators, excavating/recycling contractors, and developers.  
 
Special thanks to LSPA members and others who spoke so convincingly about the current challenges, possible measures for easing the burdens, long term soil re-use options, and other approaches. All need to be seriously considered.
 
The LSPA hopes this is the beginning of future meetings and discussions with MassDEP to address the issues. 
 
For more information about this topic from discussion at a September 2021 MassDEP meeting as well as information on closed and open landfills and other solid waste data and regulations, please visit MassDEP’s new soil management discussion page.

LSPA Introduces December 2021 Compliance Tip of the Month

The following LSPA compliance tip was presented at the December 2021 Membership Meeting, which was held virtually through the Zoom webinar platform, on December 14, 2021.  

Compliance Tip:
When using a Method 2 or Method 3 risk characterization to establish a condition of NSR, you must consider reasonably foreseeable, as well as current, site activities and uses. In particular, future vapor intrusion exposures could result from changes in building use or altered building conditions. Potentially problematic activities and uses can be eliminated from consideration in the risk characterization through an appropriate AUL, per 310 CMR 40.0923(3)(b).

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December 2021 Newsletter

LSPA's December 2021 Member Newsletter has been published! Table of Contents is listed below. Please log in to your account and visit Member Materials to view the full newsletter.

In this Issue....

December 15, 2021 Meeting of the UST Board to Discuss Fee Schedules and other Policies

The UST Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board (UST Board) has assembled a Subcommittee to discuss updates to the Appendix 3 Fee Schedule and other policies of the UST Board. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 15, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. The meeting will be held via Zoom video conferencing. This is an open public meeting and participation from UST owners, technical consultants, and other interested parties is encouraged.
 
The meeting notice and Zoom link has been posted on the UST Board website here
 
The LSPA will have representatives in attendance.


LSPA Announces October 2021 Compliance Tip

The following LSPA compliance tip was presented at the October 2021 Membership Meeting, which was held virtually through the Zoom webinar platform, on October 28, 2021.  

Compliance Tip:
Even if you have demonstrated that no Imminent Hazard exists and there is a condition of No Significant Risk at your site, you still need to address a Critical Exposure Pathway (CEPif one has been identified.  As required by 310 CMR 40.0414(3)&(4), you must conduct response actions to eliminate, prevent, and/or mitigate the CEP, or submit documentation that it is not feasible to do so.  

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MassDEP Listening Session Dec 16: Disposal Capacity Issues for Contaminated Soil

The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is holding a listening session on disposal capacity issues for contaminated soil coming from Massachusetts disposal sites (“contaminated” soil meaning concentrations > RCS-2).  This session will help MassDEP better understand the scope and impact of contaminated soil disposal issues and identify possible avenues for addressing them. 

The listening session is planned for December 16 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, to be held via Zoom, and hosted by MassDEP’s Liz Callahan (Acting Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup), Greg Cooper (Division Director, Business Compliance & Recycling), and Paul Locke (Acting Deputy Commissioner, Policy & Planning).  

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