The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the state agency responsible for protecting the environment in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, recently honored long-time LSP Association member, James Soukup, with a Greener Cleanups Award at the LSPA’s September Membership Meeting in Newton, MA.

Soukup, a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and Principal Hydrogeologist at Weston Solutions Inc., and his client, Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, received the Greener Cleanup Leadership Recognition Award for demonstrating professional stewardship in promoting Greener Cleanup principles and practices to reduce the overall net environmental footprint of hazardous waste site cleanup response actions implemented under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP).

Greener Cleanups are promoted by MassDEP to recognize the person(s), entity, or project that demonstrates professional performance in identifying, selecting, prioritizing and implementing “Greener Cleanup” principles and practices that eliminate or reduce the total energy use, air pollutant emissions, greenhouse gases, water use, materials consumption, and ecosystem and water resources impacts.

“The LSPA congratulates James and his project team for their Greener Cleanup efforts,” said Marilyn Wade, LSP, of Brown and Caldwell, President of the LSP Association. “We are pleased to be working with MassDEP on the Greener Cleanups initiative. The members of our association are always looking for innovative new ways to protect Massachusetts and its residents, while achieving clean energy and environmental sustainability.”

About the LSP Association
The LSPA is the 825-member non-profit professional association of Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) and other environmental professionals (scientists, attorneys, laboratory personnel, etc.) in Massachusetts.  Our members work with their institutional, non-profit, government, and private clients to remediate contaminated sites, often in economically distressed areas, so these properties can be placed back into active and productive residential, commercial, and recreational use.  www.lspa.org

About Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. For more information about the Greener Cleanup awards, please contact Thomas M. Potter, Chief, Clean Energy Development Coordinator at Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection at Thomas.Potter@state.ma.us or via phone at 617-292-5628.