Tesla vs. German eco-activists


A German court has rejected the injunction against obtaining production permits.

Tesla has moved one step closer to opening its plant in Europe after a German court dismissed a lawsuit from two environmental groups that would have prevented the automaker from conducting important tests. The lawsuit filed by the environmental associations Gruene Liga and NABU was aimed at preventing preliminary functional testing of parts of the plant being built in Grünheide near Berlin.

Both groups filed an objection earlier this month, arguing that Tesla did not sufficiently clarify the precautions it will take to prevent the highly toxic gas from leaking from the plant.

The Administrative Court of Frankfurt an der Oder has rejected an emergency statement from two environmental groups, reports Automobilewoche. Planned tests include equipment in the paint shop, foundry and body shop. In addition, the installation of wastewater treatment tanks and a filling system has been agreed in advance.

The court stated that it was not clear that interim functional tests could cause a hazard in the context of the Major Accident Ordinance.

The court noted that only small quantities of substances hazardous to water will be used during the functional tests. The court stated that the trial operation of the plant’s components did not pose a significant risk of releasing harmful emissions into the environment.

Conservationists can appeal the decision to the Berlin-Brandenburg Supreme Administrative Court (OVG).

Recall that the American automaker wants to produce about 500 thousand Model 3 and Model Y cars annually in Grünheide. However, the company still does not have a final environmental building permit. The timing of the final decision is unclear.

Tesla faced a series of setbacks on its way to completion, with CEO Elon Musk personally expressing disappointment with complex regulations and bureaucracy making it difficult to open a factory.

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