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  • Tesla was fined $750,000 for repeatedly violating air quality regulations at its Fremont, Calif., plant.
  • The plant violated regulations 33 times since 2015.
  • Tesla will need to install a solar roof at its plant, as well as implement a solar electric system for a local community with diminished air quality.

Tesla has been fined $750,000 for violating air quality regulations 33 times since 2015 at its Fremont, Calif., plant, it was announced on Friday. 

These violations include “installing or modifying equipment without the appropriate permits, exceeding the plant's permitted emissions, failing to keep records, and failing to report information to the agency in a timely manner.”

The settlement requires Tesla to install a solar roof at its Fremont plant, as well as a solar array and battery system for a local community with diminished air quality, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. 


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The company must also create and enact a "comprehensive environmental management system, which will track all applicable environmental requirements and ensure that the company's managers are trained on what is needed to comply with them."

Tesla settled on a $1 million penalty, however, the company will pay $750,000 to the agency and the remaining $250,000 will be credited after it finishes the solar-power project.

"This settlement requires Tesla's compliance with Air District regulations at its Fremont facility and demonstrates the Air District's continuing efforts to ensure strict compliance with air pollution regulations while seeking mutually beneficial solutions for the community," said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of Bay Area Air Quality Management District. "As part of this settlement, Tesla has agreed to implement a community microgrid project, which leverages the company's technological expertise in developing next-generation power here in the Bay Area." 

Tesla is in full compliance with regulations at this time and hasn’t issued a comment at this time.


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Published on May 11, 2021