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News from State Senator Steve Cassano

February 8, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 2200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Capitol: 860-240-5302
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

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VIDEO: crumbling foundations
I recently chaired an informational hearing in Hartford regarding the troubling and expensive issue of crumbling concrete home foundations in northern and eastern Connecticut.

I believe that all stakeholders--business and home owners, town leaders, banks, insurance companies, private-sector contractors and state government--have to work together to address this problem and not work at cross-purposes.

The time for studying the cause of crumbling concrete is over. Now we have to learn the extent of the problem. When we find out how many homes and businesses are affected, we have to devise a solution in a nonpartisan manner. The state has a role in helping its residents, but we're not in a position to write blank checks. There has to be a balanced approached where the financial impact is shared by many.

The State Bond Commission has already approved $5 million in state funding to conduct a foundation testing program in northeastern Connecticut to determine the extent of the foundation problems.

The crumbling foundations are caused by the presence of the mineral pyrrhotite in the concrete aggregate used to pour the foundations, though the minimum amount of pyrrhotite needed to trigger deterioration is not yet known. Pyrrhotite rusts when exposed to air and water, which causes foundations to crack and deteriorate.

It is believed that pyrrhotite could be present in thousands--or perhaps tens of thousands--of home and business foundations poured between 1983 and 2010 in Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties by the Joseph J. Mottes Company of Stafford using concrete aggregate from Becker's Quarry in Willington.

Thousands of homes and businesses could be affected.

I hope to host a second informational hearing on this topic featuring town tax assessors, realtors, state and federal agencies such as OPM and FEMA, and representatives from the banking and insurance industries.


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