Coastal Oahu, Hawaii and the Kualoa Ranch. Hawaii is considering banning more reef-harming sunscreens to protect its unique coral reefs. Art Wager / E+ / Getty Images Hawaii is on its way to banning more reef-damaging sunscreens . On Tuesday of last week, its state Senate approved Senate Bill 132 , which would ban all sunscreens containing the chemicals avobenzone or octocrylene. The bill then moved to the House, where it passed its first reading on Thursday, March 11. If approved, it would build on a 2018 law that banned sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which went into effect this January. "This is great news for our imperiled coral reefs and marine life ," Maxx Phillips, Hawai’i director and staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) said in response to the Senate vote. "People can protect their skin without harmful petrochemicals while Hawai’i protects public and environmental health." The bill comes amidst growing scientific awareness of the impact of common sunscreen chemicals on marine life. These chemicals can make corals more susceptible to viral infections and bleaching , as well as disrupting the reproductive systems of fish and other animals, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported […]

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