California could follow Hawaii’s lead and ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals that can damage corals and marine ecosystems.
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D) filed a bill on the first day of the new legislative session Dec. 3 that would ban the sale of sunscreens with the chemicals octinoxate and oxybenzone without a prescription. Both chemicals block harmful ultraviolet rays.
Oxybenzone has been found in more than 3,500 sunscreens and can cause coral bleaching, deformities, and abnormal skeleton growth, according to a study from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.
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