San Francisco: Reaching a settlement with US-based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over waste violation has cost electric vehicle maker Tesla $86,000. Tesla will have to shell out $31,000 as penalty and has agreed to buy $55,000 worth of emergency response equipment from the Fremont Fire Department.
In 2017, Tesla allowed hazardous waste to accumulate at the company’s factory in Fremont, California beyond the allowed 90 days, without a permit, leaving 55-gallon containers of hazardous waste open with “no gasket or locking mechanism”, The Verge reported on Monday.
According to the EPA, Tesla failed to comply with air emission standards for equipment leaks, management requirements for generators of hazardous wastes and failed to make an adequate hazardous waste determination for certain solid waste generated at the facility. This violated the air emission standards for three leaky transmission lines that the waste moved through. (IANS)
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