Tesla Motors has erected three tanks on the construction site of its factory in Grünheide near Berlin without a permit. Sebastian Arnold, spokesman for the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment, told the German Press Agency today.
The construction site of Tesla’s first electric car factory in Europe is well advanced, although the decision on the final environmental approval by the state of Brandenburg is pending. Originally, Tesla wanted to start production in July of this year and is now planning to do so for the end of 2021. The decision has been delayed because the company has expanded its application for the car factory to include a battery factory, among other things. But Tesla is building through several early approvals for individual steps.
During the on-site inspection, the State Office for the Environment (LfU) found “that several tanks were built by the developer, although there is no permit for them,” said the ministry spokesman. “The LfU is therefore preparing a fine procedure. Commissioning the tanks is not permitted. The LfU also checks whether further measures are necessary.”
On Wednesday it became known that the state office is investigating the suspicion of illegal construction on the site, which had come from the environmental associations Green League and the nature conservation association in Brandenburg.