Environment & Energy Report

Hawaii Could Ban Popular Sunscreens in Bid to Help Coral Reefs

May 4, 2018, 12:45 PM

Bayer, the maker of Coppertone, joined medical and consumer organizations to protest Hawaii’s proposed ban on most sunscreen products, which is meant to help protect its coral reefs.

While the state says chemicals from sunscreen that wash into the ocean can kill coral reefs, health advocates say the ban could harm skin cancer prevention efforts.

Hawaii would become the first state to ban over-the-counter sale of sunscreens that use the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which lawmakers say have “significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s marine environment and residing ecosystems.”

The ban would prohibit more than 3,500 sunscreen products...

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