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Tesla rejects criticism of the construction of the Gigafactory Berlin

In an online discussion on the objections to the Gigafactory Berlin, Tesla does not see any problems with the construction.

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla considers the objections of numerous critics to the construction of its first European factory in Grünheide near Berlin to be unfounded. For example, in an online discussion of more than 800 objections, the company raised concerns about planned water consumption, the risk of an accident, and building without a final permit. The objections to an updated application by Tesla for the factory with reactions from the Brandenburg State Environment Agency and Tesla have been on the Internet for three weeks since Friday.

Regarding water consumption, Tesla explains that contracts have been concluded with a water supplier “who guarantees the supply of sufficient drinking water.” The Oder-Spree district does not see any water scarcity either:

“In the region there is basically the possibility of tapping further water resources with a view to further demographic or commercial development in the municipality.”

In several objections, critics also question the concept for dealing with incidents. The company writes that Tesla will meet the requirement for a viable incident concept within the framework of the legal requirements.

“Basically, the possible hazards are the release of substances, fire and explosion, although this depends on the substance.”

The objectives of an expert in connection with dangerous substances and safety distances are taken into account in the application.

Tesla is also defending the early approvals from the Brandenburg State Environment Agency for further construction in several steps because the final environmental approval is still missing. This was not objected to by the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court. The State Environment Agency declares that the Federal Immission Control Act expressly provides for the possibility of early approval.