Hawaii's Proposed Oxybenzone Sunscreen Ban Fails Science Test – CHPA
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet & The Rose Sheet
CHPA commits to fighting against onslaught of bills in Hawaii aiming to ban or limit the use of oxybenzone-containing sunscreens, says CEO and President Scott Melville during his address on 2017 priorities during the CHPA Annual Executive Conference in Amelia Island, Fla. March 21.
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