Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Launches High Priority Chemicals Data System
The Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) has released its High Priority Chemicals Data System portal. The tool will aggregate data on chemicals of concern in products reported by product makers to states. It streamlines compliance for manufacturers comply with multiple state laws requiring disclosure of chemicals of concern, such as those in Oregon and Washington state. The tool will save states the burden of creating the same infrastructure, as more states advance disclosure requirements such as New York State's Child Safe Products Act, which has passed both houses and awaits Governor Cuomo's signature, and similar efforts in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and elsewhere.
"It will be one place for both those submitting the information and those wanting to access it and use it," NEWMOA executive director Terri Goldberg told Chemical Watch in May. The design, she adds, has been for "a system that could manage this kind of information for however many states pass these requirements. We do hope that if new states pass requirements, that they will look at what the existing states are requiring and take that into account."
"New York can be a leader in the effort to protect children's health from harmful chemicals with the enactment of the Child Safe Products Act. The IC2 database will make this cost-efficient, a critical resource as states like New York grapple with budget solutions to reduced federal funding for Medicare," said Kathy Curtis, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York.
The database is a project of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2), a program of the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA). Project funding was provided by an EPA Exchange Network grant to the Oregon Health Authority, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology and NEWMOA.
The tool can be accessed here.
The Interstate Chemicals 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.
Clean and Healthy New York works for safer chemicals, a sustainable economy, and a healthier world. It co-leads the JustGreen Partnership, over 50 organizations working for environmental health and justice for New York’s people and communities, and leads the national Getting Ready for Baby campaign working to ensure all baby and children’s products are free of harmful chemicals.
The JustGreen Partnership is a coalition of about 50 groups representing nearly a million New Yorkers, all working together for environmental health and justice for New York’s people and communities. The Partnership focuses on transforming the policies that govern how chemicals are regulated or marketed in the great State of New York. Through our work, we are building a better movement for health and environmental justice in New York State.