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Hawaiian Sunscreen Ban On Brink Of Passage; Lawmakers Hashing Out Final Details

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Conferees from the state’s House and Senate will meet in an effort to resolve differences in legislation to ban the sale of oxybenzone- and octinoxate-containing sunscreens due to environmental concerns. A consensus version of the bill must be available for final reads by April 26.

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