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Neal Responds to Crumbling Concrete Foundation Commission’s Report to Governor Baker

January 14, 2020
Press Release


Springfield, MA – On Wednesday, Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means reaffirmed his commitment to assisting those in western and central Massachusetts who have crumbling foundations in their homes. 

Congressman Neal worked with his colleagues in the Connecticut delegation to secure funding to provide federal resources to conduct research on Connecticut and Massachusetts’ crumbling foundations crisis. Included in the final, conferenced version of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 was $1.5 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct research on the effects of the mineral pyrrhotite on concrete aggregate. NIST is the leading federal expert in cement and concrete standards, and this federal funding will help NIST to develop a cost-effective and standard testing method for at-risk homes and other structures for the presence of the mineral pyrrhotite. The amendment also requires NIST to create a risk-rating scale so that homeowners, businesses, and local government have a better understanding of what quantity of pyrrhotite poses a danger to their foundation’s structural integrity.  

“Thousands of homeowners in Connecticut and Massachusetts have crumbling foundations,” said the delegation in a statement. “We need a better understanding of the scope of the crisis and of the mineral pyrrhotite, and homeowners and others need a clear understanding of the risks of pyrrhotite, and the levels at which it poses a true danger to the integrity of a concrete foundation. The funding we’ve fought for on both sides of the Capitol will help NIST conduct the research needed to answer these questions.”