Whiskey: from Angels to Fungus

Whiskey: from Angels to Fungus

It is difficult to imagine that your favorite whiskey is the culprit of a black fungus that coats the homes, cars, stop signs, even trees of neighborhoods from Kentucky to the Virgin Islands to Scotland. The fungus – Baudoinia compniacensis, is reemerging, not just in the neighborhoods it has engulfed, but in the courtroom where attempts have been made for over a decade to make the corporations involved clean up their mess.

DPNR Ready to Act in Rum Fungus Case

DPNR Ready to Act in Rum Fungus Case

It’s called “the angel’s cut,” but there could be the devil to pay as officials move to curtail the release of ethanol that is a byproduct of rum distillation and storage on St. Croix. At a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Health, Hospital and Human Services Committee, lawmakers and officials said they were ready to begin enforcement action against Diageo and Cruzan Rum to force the two companies to curtail the release of ethanol from their rum storage facilities and help remediate damage caused an unsightly fungus to grow in surrounding neighborhoods. Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner designate Dawn Henry said the agency was on a 45-day timeline to began the action. Read more at The St. Croix…