Kentucky Afield News
KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources
September 10, 2003
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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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