Sherry Padgett near Zeneca site

One woman’s quest to clean up 100 years of chemical waste

on December 6, 2012

The site of a former Stauffer Chemical Co. plant in Richmond is still contaminated with a huge amount of toxic waste. Sherry Padgett, whose office is across the street, has spent the last decade trying to get the site’s current owners and environmental regulators to clean it up.

Click the arrow to hear Padgett and other local residents tell their stories.


  1. […] Richmond activist Sherry Padgett used the public comment period to discuss her experiences working near the site. She was diagnosed […]

  2. David A. Brown on December 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Sherry Padgett has a warrior’s spirit.

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