Elon Musk’s company Tesla has agreed to pay a $275,000 fine for breaching the Clean Air Act at its factory in California.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared a clearance with Tesla Motors after it found Clean Air Act violations at the automobile manufacturing plant in Fremont.
EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator, Martha Guzman said: “Today’s enforcement action against Tesla reflects EPA’s continued commitment ensuring compliance with federal clean air laws.
“EPA takes seriously every company’s obligation to safeguard our environment and protect our most vulnerable communities,”
Over 180 chemicals are on the list of dangerous air pollutants, or “air toxics,” which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other negative health impacts.
Tesla’s facility applied coating materials containing formaldehyde, ethylbenzene, naphthalene and xylene.
The EPA decided that Tesla had violated federal Clean Air Act restrictions after receiving many information requests from the firm.
Tesla also failed to execute the needed monthly emissions calculations to verify compliance with federal regulations, as well as collect and preserve all required records related to pollutant emission rate calculations for coating operations, according to the EPA.
Tesla agreed to pay a $31,000 penalty in 2019 for failing to meet air emissions standards for equipment leaks, management requirements for hazardous waste generators, and failing to make an adequate hazardous waste determination for some solid waste created at the facility.
Tesla has also had multiple fires in the paint shop of its Fremont factory.