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Tesla Will Pay $1.5 Million to Settle the California Hazardous Waste Lawsuit 

Tesla has agreed to pay the $1.5 million fine in response to the hazardous waste lawsuit filed against the company recently. The company was alleged for not following the proper disposal strategies, resulting in mishandling of the hazardous waste across California state. The lawsuit, filed on January 31, 2024, has accused Tesla of labeling the hazaradous samples improperly, along with disposing of the other harmful chemicals and components in a quite poor fashion. This includes leas-acid batteries, brake fluids, antifreeze, petrol, paints, antifreeze agents, diesel, and many others. The company hasn’t followed the proper preventive and management measures, resulting in the filing of a lawsuit by district attorneys of 25 California countries.

The Settlement

The district attorney of San Francisco, Brooke Jenkins, has stated that no matter the electric vehicles are pretty beneficial for users as well as the environment, manufacturing them can produce a large amount of hazardous material. Moreover, he confirmed that Tesla is accused of not following the proper measures to manage these chemicals, resulting in contamination across different areas of California. Jenkins has further added the settlement against Tesla is to ensure that the company will follow the best methods to manage the disposing material so that natural environmental sources will be saved from contamination. In this way, the citizens can enjoy a cleaner environment.

The Settlement Terms

Tesla has accepted the settlement terms and has ensured following eco-friendly and sustainable practices to prevent the environment from contamination. The settlement terms are the following.

  • The company will pay the more considerable sum of $1.3 million in terms of civil penalties. It will be used to compensate for the people’s losses.
  • Additionally, the company will be charged $200,000 to cover the investigation costs resulting after the filing of the lawsuit.

Besides the above-mentioned financial penalties, Tesla is also subjected to a detailed injunction to ensure that the company will not become the reason for such environmental contamination. The settlement terms include that Tesla must train its workers and employees and provide them with the knowledge of proper waste management practices. Moreover, a third party will conduct the audit of the waste on an annual basis. However, it is quite challenging to check all the facilities of the company, the lawsuit has cleared that the inspection will be performed at 10% of facilities. As a result, these third-party companies will identify the level of hazardous waste and the ways of their disposal. Above all, these audits will continue for the next five years to ensure environmental sustainability.

While the electric vehicles of Tesla have surprised the world with their massive features and perks toward the environment, the recent lawsuit and settlement will also make their development environment-friendly. Ultimately, it boosts the popularity of the company and makes these vehicles a more reliable choice for the users. 

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