Kentucky Afield News
KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources
September 10, 2003
For more information contact: Benjy Kinman (800)858-1549
Agreement Reached between Jim Beam Brands Company and
KDFWR on Fish Kill
Frankfort, KY, September 9, 2003 - Officials with the KentuckyDepartment
of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and Jim Beam BrandsCompany are
pleased to announce a final settlement regarding a fish killthat occurred
Jim Beam Brands Company will pay almost $27,000 to mitigate thedamages
caused by a fish kill in Withrow Creek and the Salt River.
Jim Beam Brands Company agreed to pay $26,732.33 to compensate forthe loss
of an estimated 19,000 fish. The kill followed the release ofbourbon on
August 4, associated with a warehouse fire that was caused by alightning
"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 Benjy Kinman, KDFWR's Fisheries
"From the time of the spill, the company has been cooperative andworked
with us during the investigation," Kinman continued.
Seventeen species of fish, including largemouth bass, catfish,paddlefish,
sunfish and drum were included in the settlement.
"We do not expect any long term impact on the river as a result ofthe
spill; however, when conditions allow, the department intends to do aone
time stocking of certain species," concluded Kinman.
"We will continue to do whatever it takes and will continue tocooperate to
the fullest to ensure a thorough clean-up and to fulfill
ourresponsibilities to the environment," said Rich Reese, president and
CEO ofJim Beam Brands Worldwide.
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