Hawaii becomes the first state to prohibit sunscreens with coral-damaging chemicals

Hawaii becomes the first state to prohibit sunscreens with coral-damaging chemicals

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Hawaii became the first state in the nation to ban sales of sunscreens containing chemicals deemed harmful to coral reefs after Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol Rotunda in Honolulu.

Senate Bill 2571 prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii. Despite opposition from retail and health industry representatives, Hawaii lawmakers approved the bill in May.

The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021.