Ministry: No evidence of rain pollutants at Tesla plant

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The Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment has no evidence of pollutants on the grounds of the Tesla electric car factory in Grünheide near Berlin due to heavy rain at the beginning of November. According to his findings, no rainwater seeped away illegally on November 4th, said Environment Minister Axel Vogel (Greens) on Wednesday in the state parliament in Potsdam. The rainwater had been piped outside of the water protection area so that it could seep away. No rainwater had penetrated a factory hall either.

The Association for Nature and Landscape in Brandenburg had feared that when it rained on November 4th, water from the roofs and sealed surfaces would run unfiltered into the groundwater. As a result of smoke gases from the test operation, substances and other pollutants could have been flushed out. The association calls for a construction freeze. The media had reported on the consequences of the precipitation.

Tesla boss Elon Musk is aiming for the first vehicles to roll off the assembly line in Grünheide by December at the latest. The construction of Tesla’s first electric car factory in Europe is well advanced, but the final approval from the state of Brandenburg is missing. So far, Tesla has been building through early approvals. A repeat online review of critics is currently ongoing through November 22nd. Environmentalists and residents had raised more than 800 objections to the plant, criticizing, for example, high water consumption and the handling of possible incidents. Tesla rejects the criticism.

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