This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. As part of the celebration, I participated in an event recently at the National Press Club to talk about the challenges ahead on dealing with emerging contaminants in...continued→
Mae Wu, Program Attorney, Washington, DC
I was born and raised in the part of North Carolina that often boasts the highest number of PhDs in the country – so no small town roots for me. From a young age, my parents took us all around traveling, so we got many different experiences – from bouncing around pristine mountains in the Pacific Northwest to spending days in Taipei and blowing black stuff out of our noses. It was these major contrasts that opened my eyes to the things that we were doing and are doing to our environment. Working every day to help clean up our environment from the onslaught of toxic chemicals simply is the best job I could imagine.
It looks like we got some good news from the Environmental Protection Agency today about the dentist. No, it won’t make the experience of going to the dentist any less stressful, but it will reduce the amount of mercury that enters...continued→
Today, the President announced some initiatives to deal with antibiotic resistance. The White House released an Executive Order to create a taskforce to develop a national plan. They also released a national strategy for combating antibiotic resistance. And finally, released...continued→
At dinner the other night, my four-year old son was listening to my husband and me talk about my day at work. He asked what we were talking about, and I explained that there are people who want to feed...continued→
Tom Petty said it best: The waiting is the hardest part. The story of triclosan in soap and toothpaste has been about a lot of waiting. As I’ve written before, we have had to wait 40 years (plus file a...continued→
Secret Spraying? House Votes on Bill Tonight To Allow Pesticides To Be Applied To Waterways Without Any Clean Water Act Protections
The House of Representatives is poised to vote on a bill tonight to eliminate the Clean Water Act protections for waterways that are being sprayed with pesticides. Since 2011, anyone who plans to apply a pesticide into a body of...continued→
When you run out of hand soap at home and go the store to buy more, my guess is that the most pressing question might be “Lemon verbena, lavender, or sweet tangerine?” (Lavender.) Or maybe it’s “Which color bottle...continued→
My old neighborhood here in Washington, D.C. had an area that we lovingly referred to as Rat Park. Walking around there late at night (or not even that late at night) meant you were guaranteed a few sightings of rats...continued→
Back in college, I had a good friend we called Big Dan from Minnesota. He was very proud of Minnesota. The things I knew about Minnesota back then all came from Big Dan: it’s the birthplace of Prince, Tonka...continued→
One of my best friends is a veterinarian – and as such, I often sought free advice for my dog. One of the things that she has told me is that flea collars are ineffective against fleas and ticks and...continued→
As cold and flu season hits again, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a bit of good cheer our way. The agency announced today a new proposed rule that would essentially eliminate chemicals like triclosan from antibacterial soaps. Specifically,...continued→
It’s a busy week on Capitol Hill for people who want to be able to quietly spray pesticides into your water without you knowing about it. Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee is marking up a bill to exempt...continued→
It's Official - Again: CDC report on antibiotic resistance warns of "potentially catastrophic consequences of inaction"
This is not how it was supposed to be. Seventy years after the discovery of penicillin revolutionized modern medicine, infections aren’t supposed to be killing again. But as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explained in a report...continued→
Yes, EPA Pesticide Loophole is a Mess: GAO Report Confirms NRDC Findings on Conditional Registrations
The alarm keeps sounding. Today, six months after we released our report on EPA’s misuse of the conditional registration process to get pesticides to market, the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, confirmed what we found: EPA needs...continued→
The Food and Drug Administration has a special knack for making even the simplest tasks complicated and time-consuming. NRDC has been forced to file a lawsuit to get information that should be public in the first place. The FDA maintains...continued→
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