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Mass. Officials Address Health Fears Of Springfield Courthouse Employees

The Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2017.
Don Treeger
The Republican / masslive.com
The Hampden County Courthouse in Springfield, Mass., which was renamed the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse in 2017.

Massachusetts officials met with employees of a Springfield courthouse Friday over concerns the building is making people sick. 

A judge who served in the courthouse died in 2013 from complications of ALS. The judge who succeeded him came down with the same disease.

On Friday, Massachusetts court leaders visited the Hampden County Courthouse and met with employees and state lawmakers to address worries the building could be toxic.

Paula Carey is the chief justice of the state's Trial Court.

"The bottom line is we want to allay the concerns and the fears of our employees as best we can," Carey said. "We're not going to eliminate them right now because there are a lot of unknowns."

The state plans to test employees and run environmental tests on the building.

The concerns were first reported last week by the Springfield Republican newspaper.

Justice Carey said she understands there are toxic waste sites around the courthouse that have not been properly cleaned.

The courthouse is across the street from the new MGM Springfield casino.

Before joining New England Public Media, Alden was a producer for the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes. In that role, he covered topics ranging from art, music and medicine to business, education and politics.
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