The Interstate Chemicals Clearing House (IC2) has released a draft entitled, “Guidance for Alternatives Assessment and Risk Reduction.” IC2 consists of member states: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Washington. The draft defines an alternatives assessment (AA) as “a process for identifying and comparing potential chemical and nonchemical alternatives that can be used as substitutes to replace chemicals or technologies of high concern. The purpose of the alternative assessment guidance on which the states are working is to address these issues from a product perspective although other uses are possible.” The document goes on to say that the object of an AA is to replace chemicals of concern (COCs) in products or processes with inherently safer alternatives in order to protect human health and the environment. The draft is open for public comment until Friday, April 19, 2013. For more information visit the IC2 website.