[HARTFORD, CT] – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined by Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the University of Connecticut has been awarded a $662,400 federal grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to continue to investigate and model the risk for failure of a concrete foundation containing pyrrhotite. Working with Lamont, Blumenthal and Murphy led the Senate appropriation to NIST of $2 million for pyrrhotite research in response to the crumbling foundation crisis in Connecticut.
“Crumbling foundations have devastated thousands of homeowners across Connecticut, and as a delegation we’ve fought hard to bring relief to impacted homeowners. The talented team at UConn has been doing great work to help our understanding of the risk pyrrhotite poses to concrete foundations. With this new federal grant funding to support their research, we can continue to work towards finding new, cost-effective methods to repair thousands of homes across our state,” said Blumenthal and Murphy.
Governor Ned Lamont said, “This funding will ensure that UConn can continue doing critical research that is being used to protect the structural safety of homes and buildings throughout central and eastern Connecticut. I appreciate the efforts of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation to secure this money for our state.”