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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1371


To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the effects of oxybenzone and octinoxate on the environment and public health, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 8, 2019

Mr. Merkley (for himself and Ms. Hirono) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works


A BILL

To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the effects of oxybenzone and octinoxate on the environment and public health, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Impact Study Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Study on the effects of oxybenzone and octinoxate on the environment and public health.

(a) Study.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (referred to in this section as the “Administrator”) shall conduct a study on the impact of oxybenzone and octinoxate on—

(A) the environment, including lethal and sublethal impacts on aquatic ecosystems; and

(B) public health.

(2) INCLUSION.—The study under paragraph (1) shall include analysis, documentation, and determinations on the impact of oxybenzone and octinoxate on the protection and propagation of—

(A) coral reefs; and

(B) marine life.

(3) CONSULTATION.—In conducting the study under paragraph (1), the Administrator shall consult with—

(A) marine biology research centers located in the United States on the shores of large bodies of water; and

(B) the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(b) Report.—Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall submit to Congress and make publicly available on the website of the Environmental Protection Agency a report that describes the results of the study conducted under subsection (a).