Gabbard Wants the Whole Nation Using "safe" Sunscreens

WASHINGTON, DC (Ben Caxton) — The full name of the legislation is a mouthful to say but it boils down to “Save the Reefs”. Representative and Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard yesterday introduced the “Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Impact Study Act of 2019” and the “Reef Safe Act of 2019”. Senate versions of the bills were introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono Wednesday. The first bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency conduct research on how oxybenzone and octinoxate affect humans and the environment. The second calls on the Food and Drug Administration to develop standards defining the term “reef safe” for nonprescription sunscreens. Gabbard’s legislation comes one year after the Hawaii Legislature passed a bill banning the in-state sale of all sunscreens containing the chemicals which will take effect in 2021.

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