HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Connecticut Attorney
General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)
Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris announced a decision with Joseph J. Mottes
Co. and the Becker Construction Co.
These companies voluntarily agreed to stop selling any materials
or products containing aggregate from Becker’s Quarry in Willington for
residential projects. The state is looking into whether the aggregate that
comes from this quarry has high levels of mineral pyrrhotite, which could be a
contributing factor in home deterioration in eastern Connecticut homes.
“My office and DCP have dedicated significant resources to
this investigation, and we are moving as quickly as we responsibly can to
complete our work," Jepsen said. "Although that investigation will
continue into the fall, we believe there is now sufficient evidence to conclude
that significant levels of the mineral pyrrhotite in stone aggregate used in
the production of concrete is a substantial contributing factor to the
crumbling foundations experienced by some homeowners in eastern Connecticut.”
Jepsen’s office noted that no finding of any legal violation
by any party has been made. The companies involved agreed voluntarily to stop
all sales until June 2017, which will give the state’s office and DCP more time
to analyze the quarry.