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AT&T Settles State Suit Over Chemical Storage

January 18, 2006|From Bloomberg News

AT&T Inc. agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by California that accused the company of failing to test and repair underground storage tanks that contained hazardous chemicals.

AT&T risked spills of methyl tertiary-butyl ether, a gasoline additive, and other toxic chemicals into the environment and surrounding communities, state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said.

The suit alleges violations at AT&T's 531 underground facilities in California.

"This case was settled in order to avoid the cost of litigation and to maintain our good working relationship with local regulatory agencies," AT&T spokesman John Britton said.

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