The state of California may exempt Tesla Motors Inc. from some of its toughest environmental regulations as part of an incentive package being discussed with the automaker to build a massive battery factory in state.
Tesla has been in the news for spectacular fires in some of their cars (see reports at link 2 and 3 below)
The plan being negotiated in the governor’s office would grant Tesla waivers for significant portions of the nearly half-century-old California Environmental Quality Act, a proposal that is alarming some environmentalists.
The governor's pitch also includes a number of tax breaks for Tesla that could be worth as much as $500 million, or about 10% of the project's total cost.
California is competing with Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for the project and is apparently ready to throw environmentalists under the bus to close the deal.