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U.S. Senate Votes to Get Funding to Detect Destructive Mineral in Concrete Basements

Efforts to develop testing for the mineral that has damaged hundreds of basements in Connecticut are moving ahead. 

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said he and Senator Chris Murphy got at least $1.5 million set aside in a bill that will fund research for a method of detecting pyrrhotite in concrete. 

A House version of the same bill has allocated $4 million for pyrrhotite testing research, something Blumenthal and Murphy say they are pushing for in the Senate version of the bill. 

See a letter representatives Joe Courtney and John Larson wrote in support of funding to the House Appropriates Committee below.

An estimated 5,000 structures in the northeast might have the faulty concrete. 

It costs the average single-family homeowner about $150,000 to replace a basement. 

NBC Connecticut Investigates broke the story about the crumbling concrete crisis more than four years ago. 

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