Tesla to pay $1.5 million to settle California hazardous waste lawsuit

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Tesla pagará US$1,5 millones para resolver demanda por residuos peligrosos en California

Tesla earlier this week agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by 25 California counties that accused the electric vehicle maker of mismanaging hazardous waste at its facilities across the state.

Judge Janine Lee in San Joaquin County state court approved the settlement Thursday, just two days after counties filed a lawsuit alleging Tesla mislabeled waste such as paint material, used batteries and diesel fuel at its facilities across the state. Did and sent. Hazardous materials in landfills that cannot accept them.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

The company, which did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement, agreed to pay a $1.3 million civil penalty and $200,000 to the counties for the costs of the investigation. It also agreed to take steps to properly manage waste and appoint an external auditor to investigate its waste practices for five years.

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“Although electric vehicles can benefit the environment, manufacturing and maintenance still generate many harmful waste streams,” San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement.

The counties said the company has cooperated with the investigation and has already begun separating and testing its waste.

The lawsuit alleges the company violated state laws on unfair trade and hazardous waste management at 101 facilities, including Tesla’s manufacturing plant in Fremont.

The company settled with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2019 for alleged federal hazardous waste violations at its Fremont plant. In that settlement, Tesla agreed to take steps to properly manage waste at the facilities and pay a $31,000 fine.

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Tesla later settled with the EPA in 2022, in which it agreed to pay a $275,000 fine after the agency said the company failed to keep records or implement plans to reduce air pollutants from painting operations at the Fremont plant. Failed.

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