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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut law cannot help homeowners whose homes have been plagued by crumbling foundations, according to the state's attorney general.

Attorney General George Jepsen released an 87-page final report on the matter Friday afternoon.

He also shared a letter he wrote to Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harries about the investigation.

"The report confirms the conclusion that the mineral pyrrhotite is a necessary contributing factor in the deterioration of the concrete," Jepsen said. "Consumer protection laws do not provide a viable source of broad-based relief to homeowners affected by deteriorating concrete resulting from pyrrhotite reactions."

Company J.J. Mottes supplied the concrete, homeowners told Eyewitness News back in March.

Jepsen said state law has never prohibited or regulated the presence of the mineral in residential concrete foundation construction.

He also noted that his report does not address or resolve important questions such as the precise amount of pyrrhotite in concrete necessary to cause deterioration, other potential contributing factors that might explain why certain homes and not others experienced a reaction or the number of homes potentially affected by the problem.

"Resolution of those questions while not material to my legal analysis, remains of interest to the public and policy makers," Jepsen wrote.

Read Jepsen's complete report here.

Tim Heim's Willington home is still deteriorating. He's one of thousands of victims in Northeast Connecticut who have been impacted.

"When you're told your home and your biggest investment is now worthless it's devastating," said Heim.

Heim said he is pleased that at least the report concludes the mineral pyrhottite, which can cause concrete to crumble over time, has been discovered in the affected basements and is a contributing factor in the epidemic.

"It's very important because there's currently no standards with residential concrete. We need to implement standards," said Heim,

He's disappointed the report concludes no state laws were broken and annoyed that the investigation didn't detail when people in power first learned about the problem.

"I want to what the concrete company knew what the insurance company knew, what the state of Connecticut knew...and when did they know it," said Heim.

Heim hopes the federal government steps in to help the homeowners solve a problem that normally costs six figures to fix. Regardless, Heim said this report is not the end but rather the beginning of a new chapter.

"This is only the beginning and I will continue to fight for what's right," said Heim.

Last month, Malloy asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to help homeowners affected by the crumbling foundations.

He said that tens of thousands of residents were at risk.

FEMA, however, said that the conditions in the homes were not the result of an emergency or a major disaster. It called it a consumer protect safety issue.

Eyewitness News will have more on this story tonight starting at 5 p.m.

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