Car manufacturer doubts laboratory values: Tesla wants to prevent a production stop with environmental reports

Car manufacturer questions laboratory values
Tesla wants to prevent a production stop with environmental reports

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Tesla is said to have been releasing too much phosphorus and total nitrogen into the wastewater system for around two years. The company has confirmed this in writing, explains the responsible water association. Now the electric car manufacturer is presenting its own report, which comes to “significantly” different measured values.

The wastewater dispute between Tesla and a regional water association is entering the next round: In view of the wastewater values ​​at the factory in Grünheide being exceeded, the US car manufacturer has now submitted a counter report. This is reported by “Stern” and RTL, which have the report. The regional water association Strausberg-Erkner (WSE) wants to let its 16 member municipalities vote in an association meeting today on whether Elon Musk’s Brandenburg factory will be disconnected from the sewage pipe – that would result in a production stop. According to the WSE, Tesla has been discharging too much phosphorus and total nitrogen into the wastewater system for around two years.

At an information event with the mayors of the WSE member municipalities last week, Tesla questioned the reliability of the water association’s measurements. An internal laboratory of the group and another external contract laboratory came to “significantly” different measured values.

Dry region around Grünheide

WSE boss Bähler was annoyed by Tesla’s actions. The group has already admitted to the WSE in writing that the limit values ​​have been exceeded. Nevertheless, his water association is willing to compromise. The WSE has agreed, subject to conditions, to more than double the limit value for nitrogen from 50 to 110 milligrams per liter.

The phosphorus limit, however, cannot be increased. In return, Tesla should significantly reduce its water consumption. According to the contract, the US company is entitled to 1.8 million cubic meters of drinking water per year. According to information from “Stern”/RTL, the compromise proposal would stipulate that Tesla would permanently forego 400,000 of the 1.8 million cubic meters of water per year.

The area around the Tesla factory in Grünheide is one of the driest regions in the country. Necessary infrastructure projects cannot be approved because there is a lack of water. Bähler says: “We would agree to this compromise if Tesla finally released the amounts of water that are needed in the region for the construction of schools, daycare centers and social facilities.” It is now up to Tesla to accept the offer. Tesla did not answer the questions from “Stern”/RTL within the given deadline.

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