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   Issue 10, Early Summer 2015
IC2 News
IC2 Face-to-Face Meeting

More than 22 IC2 Members and Supporting Members met June third and fourth in Olympia, Washington to map out a strategy for the organization for the next few years. We have not had an opportunity to meet face-to-face since 2008, so this meeting was extremely timely and important. The Washington State Department of Ecology provided financial support for travel and meeting expenses, which made it possible for participants to meet in person. Ecology was a terrific host and shared some of the high points of the beautiful Olympia area.


To start the meeting, the participants talked about the many accomplishments of the IC2 since its founding and its value and importance to them as members.


Priorities that the group outlined for 2016 and beyond included:

  • Development of a multi-state chemical use disclosure system for reporting and data sharing
  • Expansion of the Alternatives Assessment (AA) Guide to cover some challenging areas, including AA for mixtures
  • Support for IC2's training and capacity building efforts, including some exciting webinar ideas
  • Support for IC2's information sharing through conference calls and the website
  • Continued support for sharing chemical hazard assessments, alternatives assessments, lists of chemicals of concern, and state legislation
  • Development of a multi-state system for sharing the results of product testing for chemicals of concern
  • Renewed emphasis on recruitment and outreach

A number of other important ideas and recommendations that came from the group's discussions will inform the IC2's work. The IC2 Board will be reviewing the results of the meeting and finalizing and authorizing the 2016 IC2 Workplan later this summer.


The group also received an exciting preview of the recently published Chemicals without Harm, by IC2 founder Ken Geiser.


At the end of the meeting, the participants expressed a renewed sense of commitment and energy for IC2's work. The Executive Committee expressed strong appreciation for everyone's involvement and dedication to the mission of the IC2.
IC2 Member Spotlight: Bobbi Chase Wilding

This issue's member spotlight shines on Bobbi Chase Wilding, the Deputy Director of IC2 Supporting Member Clean and Healthy New York. Bobbi plays an active role on several IC2 Workgroups and the Council.


IC2: Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Bobbi: I'm an environmental health advocate and have been for my entire professional career. I have an Environmental Science BS and an MS in Ecological Economics, Values and Policy, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I started my career working for a non-profit devoted to ensuring safe clean-up of toxic waste sites and realized that this could go on forever if we didn't "turn off the tap" on toxic chemicals coming into our society, and so I began working to push the problem upstream, to the design of products and ultimately the design and selection of safer chemicals. I was one of the founding members of the IC2, because it was easy to see the benefits of getting state agencies to work together to tackle the challenge of chemicals in products.

Just over a decade ago I became a parent and my work took on a whole new significance. My older daughter was a toddler when we started to realize the extent of lead in children's products. Since then, that's been my focus: protecting children's health from toxic chemicals.


IC2: What is your job at Clean and Healthy New York?

Bobbi: I am the Deputy Director, and in our shop that means a little bit of everything. I am responsible for scientific research: reviewing scientific studies and using an x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer to test products for certain elements. I am responsible for our communications, including print materials and our website. I coordinate the national Getting Ready for Baby campaign, which works to have leading baby product retailers like Babies"R"Us and Buy Buy Baby keep products made with chemicals of concern off store shelves. I also train child care providers in New York's capital region to avoid toxics. I am the liaison to the IC2 on behalf of the multi-state advocacy coalition called SAFER States, and I sit on the advisory board of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. I also oversee our organization's financial matters.


IC2: What is your involvement in promotion of safer alternatives?

Bobbi: Clean and Healthy New York's mission is to promote safer chemicals, a sustainable economy, and a healthier world. We believe all of those things must work together for us to succeed. We have seen the problems that arise when the focus is solely on identifying one toxic chemical. In too many cases, the "alternative" that gets chosen is very similar to the one that is on its way out, and, as a result, it also often has similar toxic properties. In order to avoid "regrettable substitutions," companies and people need to know what safer solutions exist, and we incorporate the push for safer chemicals and materials into all of our work, whether it's public policy, market policy, or individual purchasing.


IC2: What do you like most about your job?

Bobbi: Every morning I get up knowing that I'll spend my day working to make the world a better, healthier place. I also really enjoy my colleagues. Whether they're working in government positions, for businesses devoted to making their products safe and healthy, or for non-profit advocacy organizations, it would be hard to find a better group of people. And I enjoy the variety of work I do.


IC2: What is your vision for the IC2 over the next two years? What do you hope it will accomplish?

Bobbi: One of the founding visions for the IC2 was to have it serve as a central repository for information about toxic chemicals in products. I continue to believe this is valuable for state agencies, companies that must report, and the public. I hope to see as many states as possible work toward that reality in the coming years. Regardless of what happens at the federal level, there will be an ongoing need for states to fill in the gaps and to collect much-needed information. IC2 creates a powerful venue for skill sharing, information transfer, and joint projects that benefit member states. IC2 has built up a strong reputation, trust among partners, and active and engaged workgroups. In the next two years, I look forward to seeing IC2 capitalize on those strengths to be a go-to resource for information about where toxic chemicals can be found, what we know about those chemical hazards, and how they compare to alternatives.


IC2: What is one fun thing that most people in IC2 don't know about you?

Bobbi: I'm eight years into a single-summer renovation of the 1870s farmhouse my husband I have lived in since we graduated from college. (We bought from our landlords.) These days, my idea of a good time is gutting rooms to their studs, fixing all the underlying structural problems, and rebuilding them--using least-toxic building materials, of course!
Member Updates


25 Years of TURA in MA

This year Massachusetts has been celebrating the 25th year of the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA), landmark legislation that is widely recognized for its success in reducing toxic chemical use while promoting competitiveness of businesses. TURA recently recognized 11 businesses and community organizations that have made significant improvements to protect workers, communities, and the environment, including:

  • Allston Collision Center - auto repair shop uses water-based paints
  • Analog Devices, Inc. - circuit manufacturer saves 90 million gallons of water
  • Brazilian Women's Group - trained more than 1,000 house cleaners on the use of safer cleaning materials
  • ChemGenes Corporation - biotechnology company reduced the use of chloroform
  • Columbia Manufacturing, Inc. - furniture manufacturer recovers and reuses 98 percent of its nickel and chromic acid plating chemistry
  • Franklin Paint Company - paint manufacturer eliminated the use of xylene and methanol
  • Independent Plating, Inc. - metal plating company reduced the use of toxic chemicals by more than 500,000 pounds
  • Ophir Optics, LLC - lens manufacturer reduced VOCs by 70 percent
  • Professional Wet Cleaning Workgroup - 9 cleaners eliminated the use of perchloroethylene
  • Shawmut Corporation - composites manufacturer completely eliminates the use of TCE
  • Stainless Steel Coatings, Inc. - coating manufacturer eliminated the use of hexavalent chromium.

For more information, contact Felice Kincannon, TURI at (978) 934-3346.

In this issue
IC2 e-Bulletin
The Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) 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 purpose of the IC2 e-Bulleti
n is to inform IC2 Members and Supporting Members and others of the activities of the Clearinghouse, its members, and related national and international programs. It is published approximately three times per year and is provided free. Funding for the e-Bulletin is provided by the IC2 membership. Previous issues are available.

The IC2 is a program of the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA). NEWMOA provides management and staff support for IC2 and serves as its fiscal agent.
Membership Invitation
Supporting Members

The IC2 invites businesses, non-governmental organizations, academic researchers, consultants, and others to join the Clearinghouse. Supporting Members sign a Memorandum of Agreement demonstrating support for the principles of the Clearinghouse and provide annual dues to help fund baseline activities. All IC2 Supporting Members are eligible to participate in the IC2 Council, in IC2 Workgroups, and in webinars.

For more information, contact Topher Buck,
(617) 367- 8558 x309.
IC2's Workgroups

If you work for an IC2 Member or Supporting Member, consider becoming active in one of the four IC2 Workgroups. These provide a great opportunity to work on critical projects and to collaborate with others that are insightful and dedicated to improving public health and the environment through the development and use of safer chemicals and products. 

Alternatives Assessment Workgroup
The IC2 Alternatives Assessment Workgroup supports state and local development of alternatives assessment (AA) methods, coordinates with other organizations involved in AA activities, and makes resources, common protocols, and results available to the IC2 membership.

Database Workgroup
The IC2 Database Workgroup assesses the chemical data needs and priorities of the IC2 membership and develops IC2 data and information systems to address those priorities. The Workgroup has reviewed a variety of chemicals databases and has developed several online systems.

Governance, Outreach, & Recruitment Workgroup
The IC2 Governance, Outreach, and Recruitment Workgroup maintains the Clearinghouse's governance framework, including membership criteria, member contributions, Board structure, and overall goals and objectives. The Workgroup also leads member recruitment and outreach efforts.

Training Workgroup
The IC2 Training Workgroup plans informational and technical training sessions for the IC2 members. These trainings, in conference call and webinar formats, are presented approximately four times per year. 


If you are interested in any of these groups, visit the IC2 website or write to Topher Buck. 

Massachusetts Fact Sheets on Higher & Lower Hazard Substances

The MA TURA program agencies, OTA, TURI, and MassDEP, have updated the Designation of TURA Higher & Lower Hazard Substances in Massachusetts Fact Sheet. The document includes four chemical designations effective for calendar year 2016: cyanide compounds (DEP code 1016), n-propyl bromide (CASRN 106-94-5), dimethylformamide (CASRN 68-12-2), and hydrogen fluoride (CASRN 7664-39-3).


Oregon Legislature Approves Toxic-Free Kids Act
On Friday, July third, by a 43-17 vote, the Oregon House approved Senate Bill 478, known as the Toxic-Free Kids Act. If signed by Governor Kate Brown, SB 478 will require "manufacturers and importers of children's products to report the presence of 66 'high priority chemicals of concern' ... to the Oregon Health Authority" (OHA) or the IC2.


Washington State Department of Ecology

Ecology recently released the latest round of data reported by manufacturers under the State's Children's Safe Product Act (CSPA). Reports submitted before March 3, 2015 are now public and available for download. CSPA data: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/cspareporting/ 


Ecology has also released new data from previously published studies on flame retardants in children's and consumer products and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in consumer products in the product testing database. 


Product testing data: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/ptdbpublicreporting/   

Focus on Chemicals in Consumer Products: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1404042.html 

Supporting Member Updates
EcoValuate has finalized   Version 1.1 of its Beta tool for conducting alternatives assessments under the IC2, federal, and state frameworks. They are seeking funding and support for the further development of the tool. They are also looking for letters of support from companies interested in the tool to help with approaching the investment community.


Beta 1.1 - New Features:

  • New Resources section that includes a handy outline of the AA framework and a list of free, publicly available tools for completing an alternatives assessment.
  • New and streamlined "define alternatives" page with reference information about how to define alternatives; easy to follow for formulators, manufacturers, designers, and suppliers alike.
  • New quantitative ranking system, on the "Evaluate, Compare, and Summary Matrix" page, making it easier to communicate and compare alternatives, apply such hazards benchmarks as GreenScreen, and incorporate data from any source.

The following is a wish list from beta testers:

  • Data Automation - EcoValuate needs further input. Which of these would be most helpful? Should they focus on automating data from internal servers, third party providers, or public databases like California's Safer Consumer Products [Regulatory] Candidate Chemical Database?
  • Document Management - Ability to upload documents, citations, and comments.
  • User-Based Security - Security and level of access based on user type.
  • Report Generation - Ability to generate reports and print individual charts.
  • Weighted Criteria - Ability to assign weights to criteria and evaluation categories based on the demands and priorities of the project.
  • Auto Archive Features- Ability to archive default criteria and categories more quickly.
  • Alternative Views - Ability to view/organize alternatives more flexibly.
For more information, contact Joanna Malaczynski, CEO, EcoValuate. 
Cradle to Cradle Certification for Colorants
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) has released a new guidance document detailing the methodology for the assessment of colorants (i.e., pigments and dyestuffs) for the purpose of Cradle to Cradle Certification. 
Advancing Green Chemistry: Barriers to Adoption & Ways to Accelerate Green Chemistry in Supply Chains
Thursday, July 23, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
Why aren't more green chemicals in use? What are the barriers? What is the means to accelerate adoption? The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) commissioned a study to answer these questions through a series of supply-chain interviews, discussions, and document review. This webinar will present the research results with the goal of engaging discussion on how to accelerate green chemistry development and adoption.
2015 Cradle to Cradle Innovation Celebration and Product Symposium
November 12 - 13, New York, NY
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute's Annual Symposium and Innovation Celebration will again explore and honor the pioneering work of an international community of designers, manufacturers, and thought leaders.
11th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable
Save the date: the 11th Annual Green Chemistry and Commerce Council Innovators Roundtable, sponsored by Seventh Generation, will be held in beautiful Burlington, VT on May 24 - 26, 2016.
U.S. EPA Updates
Seeking Nominations for Chemical Safety Advisory Committee
EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention has announced the establishment of the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC) and is soliciting nominations for membership. The purpose of the CSAC, which is established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, is to provide expert scientific advice, information, and recommendations to the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics on the scientific basis for risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches. The CSAC will be composed of approximately ten members who will serve as Regular Government Employees (RGEs) or Special Government Employees (SGEs).


Nominations should include candidates that have demonstrated high levels of competence, knowledge, and expertise in scientific/technical fields relevant to chemical risk assessment and pollution prevention. EPA values and welcomes diversity and encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. Any interested person or organization may nominate him or herself or any qualified individual to be considered for the CSAC.


Nominations must be received on or before July 13, 2015. Nominations should be include the docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2015-0233 and should be made by one of the methods outlined in the Federal Register notice announcing the establishment of the CSAC.


For more information, contact Laura Bailey, (202) 564-8450.

Safer Choice
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the new Safer Choice label (formerly the Design for Environment label) that is beginning to appear on a variety of products in stores. Products with the Safer Choice label are intended to help consumers and commercial buyers identify and select products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance. To qualify for the Safer Choice label, a product must meet EPA's Safer Choice Standard, comprising stringent human and environmental health criteria. Currently, the Safer Choice Program has nearly 500 formulator-manufacturer partners that make more than 2,000 products for retail and institutional customers.

The Safer Choice family of labels includes a consumer version, a version for industrial and institutional (I&I) products, and a fragrance-free version for consumers and purchasers who prefer or require fragrance-free products. The three labels will appear as shown here. 

For more information, visit:
 The new Safer Choice website.

Details on the Safer Choice standard. What does the Safer Choice label mean?

EPA's Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL). What are safer choices?


In early June, the EPA announced 21 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winners across 15 states for outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion, and use of Safer Choice products. Partner of the Year award winners represent a wide variety of leadership organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized businesses, state governments, and non-governmental organizations. The winners fall under the following categories:


Safer Formulator-Manufacturer: Case Medical, Inc. (South Hackensack, NJ); Earth Friendly Products (Garden Grove, CA); Jelmar, LLC (Skokie, IL); Osprey Biotechnics, Inc. (Sarasota, FL.); The Sun Products Corporation (Wilton, CT); and Wexford Labs, Inc. (Kirkwood, MO) 

Safer Chemical Innovator: AkzoNobel (Chicago, IL); Chemlink Laboratories (Kennesaw, GA.); and Stepan Company (Northfield, IL)


Purchaser/Distributor: District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement (Washington, DC); GreenStar Hub (Forest Hills, NY); PRIDE Industries (Roseville, CA); and Solutex, Inc. (Sterling, VA)


Retailer: Staples, Inc. (Framingham, MA); and Wegmans Food Markets (Rochester, NY)


Program Supporter: The Ashkin Group (Los Angeles, CA); Consumer Specialty Products Association (Washington, DC); GreenBlue (Charlottesville, VA); ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (Northbrook, IL); Loyola University Chicago, Institute of Environmental Sustainability (Chicago, IL); and Washington State Department of Ecology/Northwest Green Chemistry (Olympia, WA)

Proposed Reporting Requirements on Nanoscale Materials
EPA has extended the comment period for the rule proposed on April 6, 2015 to require reporting and recordkeeping on nanoscale chemical substances in the marketplace. EPA currently reviews new chemical substances manufactured or processed as nanomaterials prior to introduction into the marketplace to ensure that they are safe. For the first time, the Agency is proposing to use Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) authority to collect existing exposure and health and safety information on chemicals currently in the marketplace when manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials. The proposal will require one-time reporting from companies that manufacture or process chemical substances as nanoscale materials.

The companies would notify EPA of:
  • Certain information, including specific chemical identity;
  • Production volume;
  • Methods of manufacture; processing, use, exposure, and release information; and,
  • Available health and safety data.
Nanoscale materials have special properties related to their small size, such as greater strength and lighter weight; however, they may also exhibit different toxicological properties than their conventionally-sized counterparts. The proposal is not intended to conclude that nanoscale materials will cause harm to human health or the environment. Rather, EPA would use the information gathered to determine if any further action under TSCA, including additional information collection, is needed.
Initial 1,4-Dioxane Assessment
EPA has released the TSCA Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment for 1,4-Dioxane, a chemical used primarily as a solvent in the manufacture of other chemicals. As a first step in the evaluation, EPA examined likely exposure and hazard scenarios to workers and consumers in order to identify scenarios where further risk analysis may be necessary.

The conclusions from this problem formulation and initial assessment are that:
  • EPA will further assess potential risks to workers exposed during product formulation and use as a cleaning agent.
  • EPA will further assess potential risks to workers and consumers exposed during the use of products that contain 1,4-dioxane as a contaminant, such as paints, varnishes, adhesives, cleaners, and detergents.
  • Risk to the general population through inhalation exposure to ambient air emissions is estimated to be low.
  • An assessment of risk from exposure through drinking water is not needed because 1,4-dioxane is currently being monitored. EPA will determine whether or not regulatory action is needed as part of EPA's Regulatory Determination process.
  • Based on the low hazard profile for 1,4-dioxane to aquatic organisms, risks to these organisms are expected to be low. EPA does not have the hazard data needed to determine if there are risks to sediment and soil organisms. Therefore, further analysis of environmental risk is not planned.

1,4-Dioxane is the first chemical for which EPA is releasing a Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment document under the TSCA Work Plan Chemical Assessment Program. EPA plans to develop Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment documents for other TSCA Work Plan Chemicals going forward. For more information, visit EPA's Assessments for TSCA Work Plan Chemicals page. 

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