Jepsen: State laws don’t address deteriorating foundations

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is reiterating that state consumer protection laws don’t provide relief to homeowners with deteriorating foundations, believed to be crumbling because of a naturally occurring mineral.

In a letter sent Friday to the governor and consumer protection commissioner, Jepsen said state law has “never prohibited, limited or otherwise regulated the presence of pyrrhotite in residential foundation construction.”

Jepsen also submitted a report from experts hired by his office and the Department of Consumer Protection. It concluded pyrrhotite is a “necessary contributing factor” in concrete deterioration.

The report doesn’t address how much of the mineral can cause deterioration or how many homes are potentially affected.

Officials were asked to investigate whether laws were violated in connection with homes in eastern Connecticut showing signs of deterioration.