Tesla, a self-proclaimed technology company, has been working tirelessly on its image as a “green” automaker. The most recent blow to that image is a nearly $140,000 fine for air pollution from its Fremont, CA factory:
Tesla, the automaker determined to shift the world to environmentally friendly cars, has agreed to pay a fine of $139,500 over excess air pollution from its Fremont factory.
Tesla’s factory has been fined in the past for workplace safety violations and other environmental failures. In 2010, Tesla was forced to pay a $275,000 penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to comply with a Clean Air Act regulation:
Tesla did, however, agree in 2010 to pay a $275,000 penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to obtain a “certificate of conformity,” specifying that its original electric car — the Roadster — complied with the Clean Air Act.