Tesla is said to have significantly violated wastewater limits in Grünheide. Tesla Gigafactory is partly located in a drinking water protection area.

With the planned expansion, many residents of the plant fear for the water. The water association urges Tesla to close the sewer line until further notice. This could mean a production stop for the factory in Brandenburg. The protest against Tesla had recently increased significantly, SPIEGEL has learned. The company has so far left a SPIEGel query about the allegations unanswered.