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 Source.

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