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Kentucky Afield News

KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

fw.ky.gov

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 in August.

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 strike.

"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 Divisiondirector.

"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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