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Letter: Setting the record straight

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

I am writing in support of Delegate Keith Hodges, and also in support of a major employer of Mathews citizens. It was charged that West Point Paper Mill avoided doing its part to resolve local groundwater problems (“Crowley not beholden to corporate interests,” John Bateman, Oct. 26 Readers Write). This is not true.

West Point Paper Mill has become a leader in developing the process to enable it to greatly reduce its use of groundwater over the next 10 years by recycling the same water over and over. This is its contribution toward protecting the Eastern Virginia main aquifer. As a member of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, I know that Delegate Hodges has been working with West Point Paper Mill in establishing its program.

The state Department of Environmental Quality has also reached agreements with 10 other major water users to lessen their impact on our aquifer, thanks in part to the persistence of our delegate Hodges. He spo...

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