Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse

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There are a vast number of products containing many chemicals of concern in commerce. The significant scale of the task of collecting data and information on these materials and coordinating actions to identify and assess safer alternatives makes interstate collaboration on chemicals of concern critical.

Starting in 2008, a group of state agencies came together to form what has become the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) under the framework of NEWMOA. The Clearinghouse is an association of state, local, and tribal governments that promotes a clean environment, healthy communities, and a vital economy through the development and use of safer chemicals and products. The goals of the IC2 are to:

  • Avoid duplication and enhance efficiency and effectiveness of agency initiatives on chemicals through collaboration and coordination
  • Build governmental capacity to identify and promote safer chemicals and products
  • Ensure that agencies, businesses, and the public have ready access to high quality and authoritative chemicals data, information, and assessment methods
  • Identify community engagement best practices and increase capacity and knowledge within IC2 to integrate the principles of environmental justice and equity into its work

The functions of the IC2 include:

  • Supporting health and environmental agencies with development and implementation of programs to promote use of safer chemicals and products
  • Supporting the development of alternatives assessment methods and identification of safer alternatives
  • Sharing data and information on use, hazard, exposure, and alternatives
  • Sharing strategies and outcomes on chemicals prioritization initiatives
  • Building the capacity of agencies by sharing materials, strategies, and training
  • Assisting agencies in meeting the relevant information needs of businesses, consumers, and the public

Check out the IC2 Fact Sheet.

For more information, contact Mikalah Bailey.