Tesla Accused by EPA of Coating Emissions Reporting Failure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused Tesla Inc. this month of failing to prove it’s complying with hazardous air-pollutant rules related to the surface coatings of its electric cars.

Tesla disclosed the allegations Wednesday in a quarterly filing. The company said it refutes the allegations, is responding to the EPA’s information requests and doesn’t expect the matter materially affect its business.

The EPA’s rules aim to limit emissions from hazardous pollutant materials used in carmakers’ coating operations. The regulator also restricts emissions from volatile organic compounds used in coating activities. The agency said in an emailed statement it doesn’t comment on enforcement matters.

Tesla has also disclosed receiving notices from a San Francisco Bay area authority related to various air quality-related violations. In its filing Wednesday, the company reiterated that it has disputed the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s allegations and said there has been no adverse environmental impact.

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