State rep. demanding investigation into air quality at Roderick Ireland Courthouse

Hampden County

There are concerns over the air quality inside the Roderick Ireland Courthouse in Springfield.

State Representative Angelo Puppolo wants to find out what’s been causing so many courthouse employees to get sick.

Puppolo met with state and local trial court leaders at the courthouse on Friday to address environmental and air quality concerns from courthouse visitors and employees.

He said they want to determine both a short and long-term strategy on how to mitigate these concerns.

“This building is outdated, windows don’t even open,” Rep. Puppolo explained. “Today is the first step in getting some answers and trying to move forward to get a game plan for both short and long-term.”

Puppolo told 22News he’s pushing to have the state conduct a study on the feasibility of building a brand new courthouse. He’s also working to get mercury and lead testing at the courthouse.

Puppolo said two chief justices developed the neurological disease ALS while working at the Roderick Ireland Courthouse.

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