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(H.R. 2840), the Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2011, was approved by voice vote on October 13 by the House by Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), amends the Clean Water Act to set a single nationwide performance standard, which conforms to the standard set by the International Maritime Organization, for the treatment of vessel ballast water.  The bill requires the U.S. Coast Guard to set an implementation schedule requiring vessel owners to install treatment technology certified to meet the new standard. In addition, the bill allows for a review of the performance standard every 10 years or upon petition from the states.  The bill will remedy the current patchwork of varying and inconsistent ballast water regulations across states.