Distiller will pay over $700,000 because of bourbon spill

Jim Beam will pay the state of Kentucky more than $700,000 because of a bourbon spill that killed fish in the Kentucky River and Glenn’s Creek last summer.

The spill happened after lightning struck a warehouse on McCracken Pike in Woodford County in early July, causing a fire. The warehouse collapsed, destroying about 40,000 barrels of bourbon and contaminating the nearby creek, which flows into the river.

In an agreed order signed Dec. 6, Jim Beam Brands Co. agreed to pay a fine of $600,000 and to repay $112,075 that the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet spent responding to the spill.

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