Coral Reef Protection Petition
Around the world, coral reefs are in danger. These fascinating organisms, which provide habitat for thousands of other species and help support global industries with a value totaling as much as $9.9 trillion, are under attack. With their existence threatened by rising ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, chemical pollution, and damage from human contact, coral reefs need your help!
Earth Day Network is asking YOU to help protect coral reefs. Buy and use only oxybenzone and octinoxate-free sunscreens and send your comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging them to remove these chemicals from sunscreens.
The FDA has issued a proposed rule that would update regulatory requirements for most sunscreen products in the United States and sought public comment. The comment period is now closed. For more information visit regulations.gov.
Extended exposure to the sun’s rays can be harmful, which is why wearing sunscreen is so important. Equally as important is making sure that the sunscreen we are wearing isn’t harming the outdoor environment we enjoy. That is why it is essential we demand access to sunscreen free of the coral killing oxybenzone and octinoxate.
The Environmental Working Group has found that both ingredients are found in nearly 65% of non-mineral sunscreens. Consumers have the right to protect themselves and their children from the sun without causing harm to the outdoor environment.
Earth Day Network is asking you to sign this letter urging the FDA to remove oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreens. Use the following letter on this page to add your name and to acknowledge that you understand that the information you provide will be submitted on behalf of Earth Day Network as a public comment to Regulations.gov .
Docket ID: Docket No. FDA-1978-N-0018 (formerly Docket No. FDA-1978-N-0038)
Topic(s): Administrative Practices and Procedures, Drugs, Incorporation by Reference, Labeling, Medical Devices, Over-the-counter Drugs, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Type: Proposed Rule
Document Subtype: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
FR Citation:84 FR 6204
I urge the FDA to remove oxybenzone and octinoxate from its current list of 16 marketed active ingredients and use the best available science when considering “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRASE) ingredients.
The growing body of data and literature about oxybenzone and octinoxate demonstrates that these are extremely harmful chemicals that undermine human health and pose a direct threat to the marine environment.
Both oxybenzone and octinoxate are highly toxic to marine life, especially coral reefs. Recent scientific research has shown that these ingredients leave coral vulnerable to coral bleaching and that varying oxybenzone and octinoxate concentrations, even at low exposure levels, can cause significant coral deformation and mortality.
These chemicals are harmful environmental pollutants that put life and ecosystems at risk. They are endocrine disruptors known to be highly toxic to many wildlife species including fish, corals, and even people. It is well documented that both ingredients have produced adverse developmental effects in both humans and wildlife.
Furthermore, these ingredients that are used in personal care products like sunscreen pollute the marine environment and reduce the resiliency and capacity of these ecosystems to survive on their own and prevent the natural recovery of degraded environments and wildlife.
I urge the FDA to update the regulatory requirements by removing oxybenzone and octinoxate from its current list of active ingredients to ensure safe and effective sun care protections to consumers while safeguarding corals and marine life.
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