The Tesla factory in Grünheide, Brandenburg, is located on a water protection area, on the region’s most important drinking water reservoir. Nevertheless, the Brandenburg state government allowed the US company to build. The authorities simply overrode parts of the water protection regulations for Tesla – through special permits. It would be all the more important that the company handles poisons and other hazardous substances particularly responsibly. The reality looks different. According to exclusive research by Stern, there have been several dozen accidents, fires and other incidents that threaten people and the environment since the factory opened. Our interactive graphic shows some of the most blatant accidents involving hazardous substances.

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This article appears as part of a large research project by stern on the Tesla factory in Grünheide. The entire research and author team: Emin Aiche, Valeria Bajaña Bilbao, Christian Esser, Moritz Dickentmann, Manka Heise, Isa von Heyl, Tina Kaiser, Karolina Kaltschnee, Lucie Kieschke, Kristofer Koch, Birte Meier, Marc Neller, Kristina Ratsch, Kim Lucia Ruoff. Fact check: Quality Board from stern and GEO.

More about Tesla: This Thursday at 10:35 p.m. the new television magazine “stern Investigativ.” starts on RTL, which you can then also access on RTL. On the same evening, stern presents the serial “stern Investigative.” podcast for the first time – on RTL and and everywhere where podcasts are available.