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Key West Bans Sunscreens Containing the Chemicals Oxybenzone and Octinoxate that Harm Coral Reefs

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Key West, Florida has voted to ban certain sunscreens in an effort to protect coral reefs in its surrounding waters. 

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The measure which the City Commission approved Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in a 6-to-1 vote that will ban sales of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. The legislation will go into effect on January 1, 2021. 

The Pacific nation of Palau and the state of Hawaii both passed similar sunscreen bans last year containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. In Palau, a total of 10 chemicals are prohibited. 

“Our coral has been under attack by a number of stressors,” Mayor Teri Johnston said. “We just thought if there was one thing we could do, to take one of the stressors away, it was our responsibility to do so.” 

The National Park Service says that 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen enter reef areas each year, and studies have found that the chemicals they contain can damage coral reefs, contributing to “bleaching” and death. 

EWG has been publishing a list of the most common active sunscreen filters for many years. While many of these filters cause skin rashes and hormonal changes, most sunscreen manufacturers have yet to change their formulations, rather choosing to eliminate these hazardous filters just before their banned and replace them with other hazardous filters, rather than reformulating to safe sunscreens. 

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