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California officials reached a $24.5 million settlement with Chevron Corp. over what the state said were violations of the law by the oil giant for failing to properly inspect and maintain underground gas tanks at service stations.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said since 1998 Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Chevron Stations Inc. violated anti-pollution laws by tampering with or disabling leak detection devices at the stations.

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Harris said the San Ramon, CA-based oil company also failed to test secondary containment systems, conduct monthly inspections, train employees and maintain alarm systems at over 650 gas stations in 32 counties across California.

“We have taken the appropriate actions to address the situations related to this issue and will work to avoid similar occurrences in the future,” said Chevron Spokesman Sean Come. “To fully understand the situation, it is important to note the majority of the incidents were technical violations, such as improper paperwork. None of the violations involved any risk to human health or the environment.”

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A judge must still approve the settlement. A hearing is set for Sept. 29 in Alameda County Superior Court.

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