ST. THOMAS — Members of the Rules and Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced a bill Thursday to ban the sale and importation of sunscreen products containing ingredients harmful to marine life.

The measure — Bill 33-0043 — would make it illegal to sell, offer for sale or distribute sunscreen products with oxybenzone and octinoxate after Sept. 30, 2020; or import such products after Dec. 31, 2019; or use or possess the products by Jan. 1, 2021.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email