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Tesla and 25 California counties Automaker sued for wrongful conductThe state has already imposed sanctions on the company for its mishandling of hazardous waste at its facilities in various parts of the state. Reaching an agreementJust a few days later, the lawsuit was brought. The court ordered the automaker pay $1.5M as part of the settlement. This also includes hiring a reputable third party to conduct waste audits on its trash cans every year for five years. These auditors are going to be looking closely at the company’s trash containers in order to check for any hazardous materials.
Los Angeles and San Francisco were among the counties that filed a lawsuit against Tesla. They accused the company of dumping materials with incorrect labels at transfer stations and landfills, which “were not permitted to accept dangerous waste.” According to a complaint filed in San Joaquin County by Tesla, the company was illegally disposing of the waste generated while manufacturing and servicing vehicles.
In 2018, undercover investigators with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office’s environmental division were the first to discover evidence of Tesla’s illegal activity. They found that Tesla’s service centers had trash bins containing materials such as aerosols (including antifreeze), brake cleaners (including lead acid batteries), antifreeze (including waste solvents), electronic waste, and waste painting. Other California District Attorneys’ offices conducted their investigations and found similar illegal disposals. Alameda county authorities who investigated its Fremont plant activities, for example, found illegal disposal of waste that contained copper and primer-contaminated materials.
Tesla reached a settlement in 2019 with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its handling of hazardous material. In addition to paying $31,000 in fines, Tesla agreed to manage waste properly at its Fremont facility. After being notified, the automaker took steps to screen its garbage containers for hazardous materials before taking them to landfills. District Attorney Brooke Jenkins noted that “today’s agreement against [the company]The purpose of the program is to protect the environment and provide a healthier environment for all citizens by preventing contamination. [their]When hazardous waste is mismanaged or illegally disposed, it can be a waste of precious natural resources. The authorities can prevent Tesla from illegally dumping hazardous materials in the future by having a reputable third party check that Tesla is complying with the agreement.