[Coral-List] Hawaii sunscreen ban

Nadiera Sukhraj nsukhraj at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 1 14:27:27 EDT 2017

A bill has been introduced but there currently is no ban on any type of sunscreen/sunblock here in Hawaii.  The bill proposes banning sunscreen/sunblock products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.  The effects on corals and coral reef organisms are disputed and there is a lot of lobbying going on by the cosmetic companies that produce the products.

The bill is slowly gaining support, with some of that coming from the tourism industry who realize people travel here to see the ocean life, but it will be a long time before it passes.

From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov <coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml..noaa.gov> on behalf of Tom Hiney <tom_hiney at hotmail.co.uk>
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:01 PM
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Subject: [Coral-List] Hawaii sunscreen ban

Good morning coral listers,

I am chasing more information about the chemical suncream ban in Hawaii. Any papers, additional information, which chemicals they chose to ban and why or contacts would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


tom_hiney at hotmail.co.uk

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