If you’re managing a spill of oil or hazardous materials in Massachusetts that exceeds a Reportable Concentration, you will need a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) to oversee the assessment and remediation. Below are 3 facts about LSPs anyone involved in spill response should know.
- What is an LSP? An LSP is a person authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to manage spills and releases of oil and hazardous materials that are regulated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP; 310 CMR 40.0000). LSPs work on behalf of property owners, operators, and other parties who are considered “responsible parties” under the MCP. LSPs are scientists with significant knowledge and expertise in oil and hazardous material contamination.
- Who Licenses LSPs? LSPs are licensed by an independent state board known as the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals, or the LSP Board for short. To be an LSP, you must meet specific criteria for both education and experience and pass an exam demonstrating technical and regulatory knowledge. LSPs are also required take 48 hours of continuing education courses every three years in order to maintain their licenses.
- What Does an LSP Do? According to the LSP Board, “The LSP collects data on conditions at the site, interprets this data, assesses the risks posed by the site to health, safety, public welfare, and the environment, and recommends and oversees necessary cleanup activities. In providing these services, the LSP is responsible for making sure that the formal, written opinions that he or she provides about response actions at a disposal site, and the activities that lead up to these opinions, are consistent with the requirements of the MCP.”
Learn more about Omni Environmental Group’s LSP services on our LSP services web page or contact us at 978-256-6766.