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Mae Wu, Program Attorney, Washington, DC

Mae Wu

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.

Recent Posts

Senators Working to Solve Pretend Problem

Posted August 4, 2015 by Mae Wu

I took my kids swimming in a lake in Maryland last weekend. They love the water, and can stay in there for hours. But of course, now and again, they also end up drinking some of that water. Good thing...continued

Trying to Stop Another Nanosilver Pesticide

Posted July 28, 2015 by Mae Wu

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Yogi Berra said it best: It's like déjà vu, all over again. The Environmental Protection Agency is again giving a nanosilver pesticide product a conditional registration, despite not having all the toxicity data it needs to assess its potential harm...continued

House Bill Would Keep You in the Dark about What's in Your Food

Posted July 22, 2015 by Mae Wu

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photo credit: Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon I'm finding that my trips to the grocery store aren't nearly as quick and easy as they used to be. I spend half my time reading the labels on the packages, comparing products, deciding...continued

White House Misses Golden Opportunity to Push For Meat Raised Without Abusing Antibiotics

Posted June 2, 2015 by Mae Wu

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The White House scored some points for creativity in trying to address the national security threat of growing antibiotic resistance. Unfortunately, it missed the mark in some key areas. Let's break down what they did: Federal Procurement of "Responsibly" Raised...continued

How to Save Antibiotics: Experts Discuss at Duke Medical School

Posted April 22, 2015 by Mae Wu

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Recently, we gathered four experts at Duke Medical School in Durham, NC to talk about the dangers of antibiotic overuse. At this "Preserving Antibiotics: A Public Health Imperative" event, they examined the growing issue of antibiotic resistance, how animal farming...continued

More Action Needed in National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Posted March 26, 2015 by Mae Wu

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On Friday, the White House will release its National Action Plan For Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, but it leaked out this evening. The plan was initiated in last fall's Executive Order. In the plan, even more than in the past, the...continued

Rep. Louise Slaughter Keeps Working Hard To Save Antibiotics

Posted March 24, 2015 by Mae Wu

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Today Representative Slaughter - Congress' lone microbiologist - reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA). As before, the bill is an important effort to protect our health against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It addresses the core problem with FDA's...continued

On the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Where We Were and Where We Are Going

Posted December 12, 2014 by Mae Wu

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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

EPA's Common Sense Rule on Mercury from Dental Offices

Posted September 26, 2014 by Mae Wu

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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

Breaking Down the President's Plan on Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Posted September 18, 2014 by Mae Wu

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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

Three things we need to stop the downward spiral with antibiotics

Posted September 17, 2014 by Mae Wu

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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

Waiting for the FDA to Get It Right on Triclosan

Posted August 11, 2014 by Mae Wu

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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

Posted July 28, 2014 by Mae Wu

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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

How FDA Has Made Buying Soap Difficult

Posted June 27, 2014 by Mae Wu

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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

Big Win For Our Kids and Against Rats (and Rat Poisons)

Posted May 30, 2014 by Mae Wu

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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

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