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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Mae Wu, JD

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Mae Wu is a program attorney in the Health and Environment Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. NRDC is an environmental action organization which uses law, science, and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. The goal of the Health and Environment Program is to stem the tide of toxics. Mae’s litigation and advocacy work specifically focus on the regulation of pesticides, toxic chemicals in consumer products, and ensuring safe and affordable drinking water for all Americans.

Prior to joining NRDC, Mae practiced law in San Francisco, including water contamination cases against the major oil and gas companies. Mae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, a law degree from Duke University, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge.


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