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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2016

Senate Bill 2571, which prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii, would take effect January 2021. Supporters point to studies that have found exposure to the two chemicals leave coral more susceptible to bleaching and weaken reef ability to recover from thrashings caused by wastewater discharge and other pollution, over-fishing, invasive species and various other climate change threats.