Sunscreen Ban

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Updated 1/5/21, 2:40 p.m.

A Maui County employee, who works in the Office of the Mayor, has tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor Michael Victorino says the employee is asymptomatic and last worked in the County Building on December 31.

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A majority of Hawaii visitors are aware of the impact of sunscreen chemicals on coral, but there’s still work that needs to be done. That’s according to a new survey from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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It’s now commonly known that many chemicals commonly found in sunscreen are harmful to coral reefs. But that link wasn’t established until 2015 and many challenges to mitigating the negative effects remain.

Experts Disagree on Sunscreen Ingredient Ban

Apr 4, 2018
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The State Legislature is considering a bill to ban two sunscreen ingredients over concerns they harm the state’s reefs.  But not everybody agrees that’s the right thing to do. Contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from Hawai‘i Island.

Reef Safe Sunscreen on Maui

Dec 28, 2017
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This week is a busy one for Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. And while another record year is expected for tourism, more people at the beach means plenty of sunscreen ends up in the ocean. There’s now a movement in Maui County to ban sunscreen containing chemicals that scientists say are harming the reefs. We get more from HPR contributing reporter Colleen Uechi of The Maui News