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American Samoa bans phosphate soaps, older cars

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - American Samoa has banned the import of soaps with phosphates and vehicles that are older than 10 years.

Gov. Togiola Tulafono says by requiring only phosphate-free soaps and detergent, the territory is reducing pollution and ensuring water quality.

The local Chamber of Commerce says it hasn't received any complaints about the ban.

The governor also ordered a ban on older vehicles in an attempt to increase the number of fuel-efficient vehicles brought into American Samoa.

He says doing so will reduce the costs associated with removing scrap metal and older cars that break down.

He also ordered that all territorial government vehicle purchases be hybrid or electric vehicles, unless a waiver is obtained.

The phosphate soap and older vehicle bans went into effect last month.

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