Petition seeks ban to coral-killing chemicals in sunscreens

The Center for Biological Diversity announced Thursday a coalition of 60 community leaders, conservation organizations, businesses, elected officials and academics has petitioned the federal government to ban three harmful, coral-killing chemicals from sunscreens and other personal care products. The petition cites scientific studies on the dangers to Hawaii’s coral reefs and coastal ecosystems posed by oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene.