Jim Beam fined $600,000 for bourbon spill in July

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Courtesy: Thomas Lee Rigsby Jr.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jim Beam Brands Co. was fined $600,000 this month by the state for a bourbon spill in July that led to a widespread fish kill, according to a report in the Courier-Journal.

The spill followed a warehouse fire in Frankfort that investigators say was started by a lightning strike on July 3, 2019.

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Bourbon from 40,000 destroyed barrels poured into Glenn’s Creek and eventually the Kentucky River.

The newspaper report says the company is also reimbursing the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet $112,000 for its costs.

The agreement between the company and the state outlines the possibility of further retribution if the spill is found to cause more environmental problems, according to the published report.



Beam Suntory, the Chicago-based spirits company that owns Jim Beam, did not respond to the newspaper’s email seeking comment Friday evening.