Aerial view shows cars parked at Tesla Fremont plant in Fremont, California, February 10, 2022.
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Tesla reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after regulators determined that Ilan Mask’s business with electric vehicles and solar panels violated the Clean Air Act at his car assembly plant in Fremont, California.
The EPA explained that Tesla violated regulations known as national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants to cover car surfaces from October 2016 to September 2019 in Fremont.
How CNBC previously reported there were several fires in the paint shop at the Tesla car plant in Fremont in those years. In 2018, employees told CNBC that a few months before the fire in April of that year, filters under painting chambers and exhaust systems designed to clean and remove air into and out of the building were visibly coated with paint and clear varnish.
An EPA statement on Tuesday said Tesla had failed to “develop and / or implement a work practice plan to minimize emissions of hazardous pollutants into the air from storage and mixing of materials used in car coating operations.”
Tesla, which calls itself a “sustainable” company, also neglected to even measure emissions from its coating operations and failed to collect and maintain statutory records related to emissions of hazardous pollutants into the air, the EPA said.