New details about Investigate West’s great look into the fish consumption rate debate

Linda Thomas over at MyNorthwest sat down with Robert McClure and took a look at his reporting on the political pressure in the fish consumption rate debate:

The state was finally close to doing that last year, until an email trail McClure uncovered led him to the one company that launched an intense lobbying campaign against the consumption rate change.

“In the correspondence between the Ecology executives and the governor’s office there was one company’s name that came up a lot and that was the Boeing Company,” he says.

In June 2012, Boeing said if Ecology went ahead with plans to make fish safer to eat, it would “cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars and severely hamper its ability to increase production in Renton and make future expansion elsewhere in the state cost prohibitive,” according to an aide to former Governor Chris Gregoire.

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