Originally posted on CBS San Francisco:

RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Chevron has paid about $10 million to cover medical expenses and other claims in the wake of the fire at its Richmond refinery on Aug. 6 and is updating its equipment and safety procedures to prevent a similar incident, representatives from the oil company said Tuesday.

Most of those payouts went to local hospitals to cover medical exams and treatment received by residents sickened by toxin-filled smoke that spread for miles after the fire, according to a letter Chevron sent to the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Program Monday in an update to its internal investigation of the fire.

At least 15,000 people sought medical treatment due to health issues related to the fire, and 23,900 claims had been filed as of last week to cover costs incurred due to the blaze, according to the letter.

In addition to the payouts, the oil giant is working…

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