Tesla will pay $31,000 to settle US EPA hazardous waste claims

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla Inc will pay a $31,000 penalty and purchase $55,000 in emergency response equipment for a California city under a settlement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency over federal hazardous waste violations at its automotive factory, the government said Monday.

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The EPA said in a statement that Tesla will take specific steps to properly manage hazardous wastes at its factory after unannounced inspections in 2017 to its Fremont, California factory.

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The EPA said Tesla had failed to comply with air emissions standards for equipment leaks and management requirements for generators of hazardous wastes.

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Tesla did not immediately comment. Tesla will provide at least $55,000 worth of emergency response equipment for the city of Fremont Fire Department as part of the settlement.

(Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by James Dalgleish)