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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

Our Dogs, Cats, and Kids Deserve Better: NRDC Sues EPA for failing to act on Flea Collars

Posted February 6, 2014 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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

Is it the Swan Song for Triclosan?

Posted December 17, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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 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

The sky isn't falling, so don't let pesticide applicators ignore the Clean Water Act.

Posted October 29, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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"

Posted September 16, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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

Posted September 9, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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   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

FDA Is Keeping Many Ingredients in Our Foods Secret From Us

Posted May 6, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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

Dispose of Your Pharmaceuticals - April 27, 2013

Posted April 18, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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As part of the spring cleaning ritual, do you dump a bunch of unused and expired pharmaceuticals into a bag and leave them on an empty shelf and wonder what to do with them?  Well, if you're like me,...continued

Dateline TV Producer Tested for Chemicals - What She Finds Will Shock You!

Posted March 25, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Did you catch the Dateline episode yesterday? It was a great report – a real life look at some of the chemicals that we, in the NRDC Health program, have been working on for years. The producer Andrea Canning wanted to...continued

How Will the Senate Health Committee's Three-Act Play End? You Decide!

Posted March 18, 2013 by Mae Wu in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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We’ve got front row tickets to a three act play being put on by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and so far it would be comical if it weren’t so sad. Act One: The Farce...continued

What Are They Trying To Hide?

Posted March 14, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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There is a battle brewing in the Senate right now, on one of the most important public health issues facing us today. And the fight isn’t even about how to address the problem, but about whether we can get basic...continued

Housekeeping Tip #1: To keep a Senate bill "clean," sweep all mention of one of the world's most pressing public health problems under the rug.

Posted February 28, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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 “Thank you for having a clean bill.”                               – Senator Roberts (R-KS)  “I hope we can keep it a clean bill.”                                – Senator Harkin (D-IA)  “I urge you to move a clean … bill.”                                –  Industry witness In a...continued

Loss for public health: FDA lags behind the rest of the world, refuses to remove toxic and ineffective lindane from the market

Posted November 27, 2012 by Mae Wu in Health and the Environment

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, once again, let down the public and failed in its mission to protect public health. In what should have been a fairly easy decision to follow the law and remove a drug from...continued

Oppose Hagan Amendment, Protect Our Drinking Water

Posted June 14, 2012 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan has sponsored an amendment to the Farm Bill to exempt pesticides that are directly applied to waterbodies from having to be permitted under the Clean Water Act. She claims that she is doing this to...continued

Fishers, Hunters, and Swimmers: This One's For You!

Posted June 8, 2012 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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 (Photo by Flickr user JFXie) For everyone who either enjoys fishing, or hunting, or swimming at the local watering hole, or even just drinking clean water, be aware. Right now, some senators are trying to make those activities a...continued

Atrazine: Behind the Syngenta Curtain

Posted February 27, 2012 by Mae Wu in Living Sustainably

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  Did anyone catch today’s Good Housekeeping article on tap water? In a lengthy piece about many tap water issues, it pulls out one chemical of interest: atrazine. It’s timely, since spring is just around the corner. And as we...continued

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