EPA accuses Tesla of failing to report emissions from its cars’ coatings

A Tesla supercharger station at Burbank Town Center, in Burbank on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in Burbank, CA.

  • The EPA has accused Tesla of failing to report emissions from its cars’ coating processes.
  • Tesla revealed – and denied – the probe in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.
  • The EPA declined to comment on matters of enforcement.
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The US Environmental Protection Agency in April alleged that Tesla failed to comply with emissions-reporting standards for its cars’ coatings, the automaker revealed in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

“In April 2021, we received a notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) alleging that Tesla failed to provide records demonstrating compliance with certain requirements under the applicable National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants under the Clean Air Act of 1963,” Tesla said in the quarterly filing.

Tesla denied the allegations and said it has responded to all of the EPA’s information requests.

The carmaker said it does not expect the situation to have a “material adverse impact on our business.” In an emailed statement to Insider, an EPA spokesperson said the agency does not comment on enforcement matters.

The rule Tesla allegedly violated is meant to curb hazardous emissions from surface coatings used by automakers.

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