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UConn Gets Grant To Research Faulty Building Foundations

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The federal government is giving the University of Connecticut $768,000 to research the problem of crumbling foundations in eastern Connecticut.

Thousands of homes in Connecticut have been damaged by pyrrhotite — a mineral that’s mixed in with concrete by some quarries. It’s been traced to quarry in Willington used by a now-defunct concrete company.

Experts say the goal of the research grant is to understand the scope of the crisis and determine when the weakened concrete causes a real danger to the integrity of a foundation.

Some estimates put the number of homes with crumbling foundations as high as 35,000. That could put the total cost in the billions.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.