LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Central Valley-based water treatment contractor has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit by state pesticide regulators accusing it of improperly selling chlorine gas for use as an agricultural pesticide.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge approved the settlement this month between the state Department of Pesticide Regulation and Coalinga-based California Water Services.

DPR spokeswoman Lea Brooks says the company sold chlorine gas to a farm for use as a pesticide without a license, among other violations.

She says the company has paid $20,000 toward the settlement. The rest will be used to develop and distribute a guide to state laws about agricultural uses of chlorine gas.

A message left with a California Water Services owner was not immediately returned.

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