Business Interests Trump Health Concerns over Toxic Fish

By March 30, 2013July 2nd, 2013No Comments

For two decades, Washington officials have known that state water pollution rules are based on faulty assumptions – meaning some residents consume dangerous levels of toxins when they dine on local fish. But as the Department of Ecology was on the cusp of finalizing new, stronger water pollution limits in 2011, Boeing and its allies intervened, all the way up Gov. Gregoire herself.

Using more than 1,000 pages of public records and newly released internal documents, InvestigateWest has uncovered how business and municipal interests trumped the health of sport fishermen, tribes, and everyone else who reels in dinner from local waterways.

Read the story and our timeline of events.

Jason Alcorn

Jason Alcorn

Jason is InvestigateWest's associate director. A veteran of technology projects and online strategy for the nonprofit sector, he is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Graduate School of Journalism.