As a member of FPLAN, a Fairfield organization dedicated to ensuring environmental protection and oversight for our town's land, marshes, open space and waters, I would like to thank state Rep. Brenda Kupchick for her strong advocacy for the long-awaited cleanup of the Mill River to remove lead from the former Exide battery plant.

I am grateful for her commitment as Brenda helped lead efforts to ensure our state officials required a better clean up and more input from our town and better access to detailed information. The cleanup project has commenced, and as a result of the efforts, we have seen more transparency and responsiveness to Fairfield residents from both the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Exide.

We will all benefit as will future generations from this joint town-state-citizen cooperation in which Brenda played an important role.

Alexis Harrison