June 22, 2017

CT firms tied to bad foundations extend ban

Two Connecticut companies involved in supplying cement and aggregate tied to dozens of crumbling house foundations have extended for a year their state pact to no longer provide those building materials.

The state Attorney General's office and the state Department of Consumer Protection announced Thursday that the former J.J. Mottes Co., a Stafford cement provider, and aggregate supplier Becker Construction Co. agreed to extend their previous cease-and-desist pact set to expire this June 30.

The voluntary ban on the sale of aggregate for home foundations expires June 30, 2018. Mottes has since ceased operations.

Becker delivered aggregate drawn from its Willington quarry, which a state investigation determined was laden with pyrrhotite, a mineral that later compromised the structural soundness of the concrete foundations, authorities said.

According to a previous Journal Inquirer report, following a joint investigation by the attorney general and DCP, the state determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue a claim under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. Hundreds of property owners have told the state they have crumbling foundations, all the result of inferior concrete.

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