For the third time, Monday (November 22) ended a period during which people and associations who had lodged objections to the Tesla Giga plant in Grunheide near Berlin could explain and respond to their comments. The first iteration was necessary because Tesla made extensive changes to its plans for the German factory in June, and second, because the government’s environment agency may have announced that the online discussion was taking place too late. Three weeks later, the second round is now online, so the next step in the long process may be final approval after many upfront. However, Tesla’s documentation is still missing.
Less interested in discussing Tesla
After the deadline, Brandenburg’s Economy Minister Jörg Steinbach remains optimistic that the first electric cars will roll off the assembly line in Grunheid in 2021, it was reported Monday. Berliner Morgenpost. He doesn’t see any “big problems” emerging from comments made in the last round. The state formed a working group for the Tesla plant early on, and the minister described the mood as resolved, according to the report.
A total of 811 citizens and organizations had lodged objections to the Tesla project. Like a public announcer RBB reported on Monday onlineIn the recurring online discussion from the beginning of November to noon, only eight new comments were received. Interest has clearly decreased. Either way, when the deadline expires, an important official hurdle has been passed – if Tesla doesn’t make major changes to its plans again or notice another official bug, the mandatory public engagement will complete.
Gigafactory documentation is still missing
Steinbach’s statement about a possible start of the Giga plant in 2021 roughly corresponds to what Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a festival in early October He said on site in Grünheide. However, the Minister of Economic Affairs also said that he could not guarantee this. In the end, according to the RBB report, a representative of the government’s environment agency also made a similar – and more specific – statement of caution. He said he could not set a date for final approval. Perhaps surprisingly to some, he also told Tesla that it had not yet done all the preparations for it: The company still had to file certain documents on issues related to pollution control and water law.
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