SANTA ANA (AP) — An Orange County paint company has agreed to pay about $1 million to settle a lawsuit that claims it illegally transported and mismanaged hazardous waste and materials.

District attorneys for six California counties announced the settlement with Vista Paint Corp. on Tuesday. The Fullerton company didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement, which was signed Monday in Orange County Superior Court.

It covers Vista stores in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Placer and Stanislaus counties.

The lawsuit accused Vista of improperly handling materials such as paint thinners and rags used to clean up spills.

President Eddie Fischer tells The Associated Press that there wasn’t any environmental damage and that the company has changed its procedures to comply with all laws.

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