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Another excellent Kona sunset. (Hawaii247.com photo courtesy of Keahi Kapela)

Legislators want to study the impacts of popular sunscreen chemicals on health and the environment

MEDIA RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C.– Wednesday (May 8), Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to better inform the public about the effects that sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs around the world. The Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Impact Study Act of 2019 would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the […]

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Governor David Ige signs bill making Hawai‘i first in the world to ban certain sunscreens

Gov. David Ige signed SB 2571, Act 104 — prohibiting the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawai‘i, beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The purpose of this law is to preserve marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Scientific studies have shows that oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic […]

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State Capitol Building, Honolulu

Rep Lowen backs ban on sunscreens that harm coral reefs

The House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection today passed House Bill 600, introduced by Representative Nicole Lowen (District 6, Kailua-Kona, Holualoa), which would prohibit the sale of sunscreens containing the chemical oxybenzone.

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