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Kentucky Afield News

KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

September 10, 2003

For more information: (800) 858-1549

Agreement Reached between Jim Beam Distillery and KDFWR on Fish Kill

Frankfort, KY, September 5, 2003 - The Kentucky Department of Fishand Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and Jim Beam Distillery have reached anagreement in regard to an unintentional fish kill in Withrow Creek, BeechFork, Rolling Fork and Salt River.

Jim Beam Brands Company agreed to pay $26,732.33 to replace anestimated 19,000 fish following an accidental warehouse fire and release ofbourbon on August 4.

"The company's proactive measures to minimize the flow of bourboninto the waters of the Commonwealth, along with heavy rains soon after thefire helped limit the damage," said Scott Porter, KDFWR's legal counsel.

"From the time of the spill, the company has been cooperative andworked with us during the investigation," Porter continued.

On the agreed amount for replacement fish costs, Porter said, "It'sfair compensation for the loss of the resource."

Seventeen species of fish, including largemouth bass, catfish,paddlefish, sunfish and drum were lost.

"We do not expect any long term impact on the river as a result ofthe spill," said Ted Crowell, KDFWR assistant director of fisheries.




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