The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a formal finding that Tesla’s electric cars pose a threat to the environment, according to a document obtained by the Wall Street Journal.
The agency issued the finding in response to a request from the California-based electric carmaker to explain how it planned to address its environmental concerns.
The EPA’s conclusion is in response of a letter from Tesla to the agency last month, which cited Tesla’s efforts to circumvent environmental protections in California, and its refusal to address the agency’s concerns.
The agency found that Tesla violated the Clean Air Act in a number of ways.
Tesla was not required to install and maintain “safe and adequate” solar panels in all locations where solar panels are installed.
The company’s SolarCity solar power purchase agreements with the state do not require the company to maintain “clean, safe and adequate solar panels,” the agency found.
Tesla’s efforts “appear to violate state and federal laws designed to prevent such conduct,” the EPA wrote.
The letter was not sent to Tesla to respond, but it has been seen by the Journal, which obtained the document.
Tesla declined to comment.
Tesla said in a statement to the Journal that the company was reviewing the EPA’s decision and would continue to work to address safety concerns and ensure all our vehicles are safe.
Tesla has been under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission for the past two years for allegedly deceptive and misleading marketing practices.
The FTC has launched a civil investigation into whether Tesla is engaging in unfair or deceptive business practices.
Tesla was not immediately available for comment.
The company said it is working to improve its solar energy system and said it will continue to develop solar energy for use in all of its vehicles.