California Counties Sue Tesla Over Mishandling of Hazardous Waste

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A group of 25 California counties have launched a lawsuit against Tesla for mishandling hazardous waste
A group of 25 California counties have launched a lawsuit against Tesla for mishandling hazardous waste

A group of 25 California counties, including Los Angeles, Alameda, and San Francisco, has filed a lawsuit against Tesla, accusing the electric vehicle manufacturer of mishandling hazardous waste at its facilities across the state. 

The lawsuit alleges violations of state unfair business and hazardous waste management laws, seeking civil penalties and an injunction to ensure proper waste handling in the future.

Allegations and Violations at Multiple Facilities:

The lawsuit contends that Tesla improperly labeled waste materials and disposed of them in landfills not equipped to handle hazardous substances. 

The hazardous waste in question includes paint materials, brake fluids, batteries, antifreeze, and diesel fuel. The county’s claim violations occurred at up to 101 facilities, including Tesla’s manufacturing plant in Fremont.

Potential Penalties and Previous Settlements:

California’s hazardous waste management law allows for civil penalties of up to $70,000 per daily violation. The lawsuit seeks penalties and corrective measures. 

This is not the first time Tesla has faced legal challenges related to hazardous waste. In 2019, the company settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over federal hazardous waste violations at its Fremont plant, agreeing to pay a fine and implement proper waste management practices.

Tesla’s Response and Previous EPA Settlements:

Tesla has not yet responded to the recent lawsuit. Tesla committed to addressing hazardous waste management concerns in previous settlements with the EPA. 

In 2019, the company paid a $31,000 fine concerning federal violations. 

In 2022, Tesla agreed to a $275,000 penalty over allegations of failing to maintain records and implement plans to minimize air pollutants in painting operations at the Fremont plant.

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