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Tesla Gets a $1.5 Million Fine for Hazardous Waste

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Tesla Gets a $1.5 Million Fine for Hazardous Waste

(CTN News) – The US court has ordered Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. to pay a total of $1.5 million (€1.3 million) to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company has not followed the proper regulations in disposing of hazardous waste.

The San Francisco district attorney’s office launched an investigation into Tesla in 2018 regarding the possible violation of environmental laws by the company.

During the course of the case, it quickly turned into a civil environmental case brought by 25 district attorneys from all over the state.

A prosecution charge was brought against Tesla alleging that the company violated the laws when it improperly disposed of lead acid batteries, antifreeze, paint, and electronic waste at its car service and energy centers in the United States.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told the San Francisco Chronicle that despite the fact that electric vehicles may be beneficial to the environment, the manufacturing and servicing of these vehicles still generate a great deal of harmful waste.

As of right now, Tesla has not responded to our inquiry.

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Aside from the monetary fine, the court order has also ordered Tesla to hire outside auditors to conduct annual audits of some of its trash containers for hazardous waste for the next five years as part of its compliance program.

Additionally, the company has been asked to provide mandatory training for employees on how to properly dispose of hazardous materials on a regular basis.

As per the court order, $1.3 million of the settlement money will be distributed among the 25 counties and $200,000 will be used to cover the investigation’s costs.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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