Nine states have launched an umbrella organization that aims to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products. The Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) includes California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington.

Sponsored by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association, IC2’s goals are to (i) “avoid duplication and enhance efficiency and effectiveness of state, local, and tribal initiatives on chemicals through collaboration and coordination”; (ii) “build agency capacity to identify and promote safer chemicals and products”; and (iii) “ensure that state, local, and tribal agencies, businesses, and the public have ready access to high quality and authoritative chemicals data, information, and assessment methods,” according to an IC2 press release.

“For several years many state and local environmental agencies have been working aggressively to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products as part of a larger effort to reduce toxics in the environment and protect human health,” said Ted Sturdevant, director of the Washington Department of Ecology. “In the absence of an effective national system for securing and sharing data on toxic chemicals, states are working together to share information and make the most of limited resources.” See IC2 Press Release, January 26, 2011.