Key West Bans Purported Coral-Killing Sunscreens, With Florida-Wide Proposal Now On The Table
The City Commission voted 6-1 at its Feb. 5 meeting to prohibit the sale of sunscreens formulated with oxybenzone and/or octinoxate beginning Jan. 1, 2021. That same day, Florida state Senator Linda Stewart proposed similar legislation that would push the effective date up to July 1, 2019, also citing the ingredients’ suspected role in coral declines.
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Headed for its second reading in the Florida House after its counterpart passed the Senate on 29 January, HB 113 would expressly preempt local regulation of OTC drugs and cosmetics. According to House analysis documents, “This nullifies the current City of Key West ordinance” banning the sale of sunscreens containing reputed coral-killing UV filters.
Florida's legislature does not reconvene until mid-January 2020, but interim committee meetings are in progress and a proposed bill to ban non-prescription sales of oxybenzone/octinoxate-containing sunscreens already has been filed for consideration in the next session.