Hawaii Governor David Ige Signs Sunscreen Ban

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David Ige signed the legislation on Tuesday, making Hawaii the first state in the USA to ban the sale, distribution and use of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. Merchants carrying sunscreens will have until January of 2021 to cease the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Gov. David Ige will sign a bill on Tuesday that makes selling sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate illegal.

Senator Mike Gabbard, who first introduced the bill, labeled SB 271, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that "Hawaii is definitely on the cutting edge by banning these risky chemicals in sunscreens".

Scientists have found the two substances can be toxic to coral reefs, which are a vital part of the ocean ecosystem and a popular draw for tourists.

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"This new law is just one step toward protecting the health and resiliency of Hawaii's coral reefs", David Ige, the Hawaiian Governor, said as he signed the bill bringing the proposed ban into law. Both are widely used in sunscreen, with oxybenzone present in the blood of 96 percent of Americans, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Sunscreens containing chemical substances harmful to coral reefs will be banned in the USA state of Hawaii from 2021, U.S. local media reported Wednesday.

Sen. Mike Gabbard, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment, and the man responsible for introducing the legislation, hailed it as the gold standard for the world to follow. "We have actually obtained restricted quantity of time", Lee claimed.

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