[Coral-List] Oxybenzone effects on coral

Eugene Shinn eugeneshinn at mail.usf.edu
Thu Feb 2 11:53:09 EST 2017

Coral list readers are probably aware of the current concern over the 
negative effects of Oxybenzone and other chemicals found in most 
sunscreens have on corals. Here is video (provided by Craig Downs) of a 
recent hearing in Hawaii where there is now a Bill to ban use of 
sunscreens containing these chemicals.
     Oxybenzone is most likely to have negative effects in the Florida 
Keys not only from swimmers but from household drains.  It should be 
noted that household and hotel sewage in the Florida Keys (both from 
septic tanks and other sewage systems) goes into the shallow ground 
water. Previous studies demonstrate that shallow ground water moves 
offshore toward areas of coral growth. Oxybenzone is also found in 
shampoo, lip balm, and other cosmetics that ultimately go down the 
drain.  Gene https://www.facebook.com/civilbeat/videos/1431047140261343/

-- http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/01/bill-banning-many-sunscreen-products-advances-in-house/

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