Issue 11 and Volume 163.

After extensive lobbying by the INTERNATION ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS, H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, was approved by a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congress first established screening, treatment, and compensation programs for 9/11 responders shortly after the terrorist attacks, and has continued to provide funding for the programs each year since. H.R. 847 strengthens the existing programs by expanding coverage to include those who lived near Ground Zero, creating a funding mechanism so the program is not subject to annual appropriations, and reopening the Victims Compensation Fund so people who became ill after the Fund was closed in 2003 can receive compensation. The bill now proceeds to the Senate. www.iaff.org. The NATIONAL FIRE SPRINKLER ASSOCIATION (NFSA) announced that the City of Portland, Maine, has approved building code changes that will require all new one- and two-family homes and townhouses built in…

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