Tesla is facing lawsuits from 25 California counties, accusing it of mishandling hazardous waste at facilities around the state. complaint Appealed to San Joaquin County Superior Court. The lawsuit, which seeks civil penalties and forces Tesla to handle the waste properly, has reportedly broken months of negotiations. Civil penalties can be up to $70,000 per violation per day. Reuters informed.
Los Angeles, San Francisco and other states have accused Tesla of improperly labeling and disposing of materials at transfer stations or landfills that are “not authorized to accept hazardous waste.” The waste materials “include lubricants, brake fluids, lead acid batteries, aerosols, antifreezes, cleaning fluids, propane, paint, acetone, liquefied petroleum gas, adhesives and diesel fuel,” the complaint states. He adds that Tesla “continues to do this at and/or from its facilities.”
Tesla announced in 2022 that it was being investigated by California district attorneys over waste management at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). giving. It said at the time that it had “implemented various corrective actions, including training and audits, and improved its waste management programs.” TechCrunch. He said in October 2023 that he was negotiating a settlement with District Attorneys in California, but it was not working.
Tesla has previously faced legal repercussions for working with waste. In 2019, it reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over federal hazardous materials violations. As part of this, Tesla agreed to properly manage waste at the Fremont plant and pay a $31,000 fine.
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