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Key West Weighing Oxybenzone/Octinoxate Sunscreen Ban Per Hawaii’s Example

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The Florida island city could be the next jurisdiction to prohibit the sale of oxybenzone- and octinoxate-containing sunscreens. Industry maintains that available science does not clearly link the ingredients to coral decline, with the Personal Care Products Council asking to present before the Key West City Commission at its January meeting.

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