Tesla to pay $750k fine and build solar microgrid system to settle California air quality violations

Tesla to pay $750k fine and build solar microgrid system to settle California air quality violations


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Tesla has agreed to pay a $750,000 fine and install a solar roof project to settle air quality violations at its Fremont, California plant, officials announced Friday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which regulates air pollution in nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, said the settlement covers 33 notices of violations dating back to 2015, including “installing or modifying equipment without proper permits, failure to conduct required emissions testing, failure to maintain records and failure to report information to the Air District in a timely manner.”

The violations have since been corrected and Tesla is back in compliance, according to the air district’s statement.

Both sides had agreed that the fine should be $1…

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