Tesla and EPA reach settlement over Clean Air Act violations

An aerial view shows cars parked at the Tesla Fremont Factory in Fremont, California on February 10, 2022.

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Tesla has reached a settlement agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency after regulators found that Elon Musk’s electric car and solar company had violated the Clean Air Act at its car assembly plant in Fremont, California.

According to an EPA announcement on Tuesday, Tesla will pay a $275,000 fine, which is irrelevant to a company that reported $2.3 billion in net income in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The EPA explained that from October 2016 through September 2019, Tesla violated regulations known as the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Surface Coating of Automobiles in Fremont.

As Slice Mag previously reported, the paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont auto plant had several fires during those years. In 2018, employees told Slice Mag that months before one fire in April of that year, filters under the paint booths and exhaust systems, intended to clean and carry air in and out of the building, were visibly covered in paint and clear coat.

The EPA announcement on Tuesday said Tesla has failed to “develop and/or implement a work practice plan to minimize emissions of hazardous air pollutants from the storage and blending of materials used in vehicle coatings.” to limit”.

Tesla, which considers itself a “sustainable” company, also failed to measure emissions from its coatings business, failing to collect and maintain legally required data related to emissions of hazardous air pollutants, according to the EPA announcement.