Tesla Motors Pays Fine For Lacking Emissions Certificate Of Conformity... Even Though It Lacks Emissions

from the funny-how-that-works dept

A few of you sent over this bizarre story of how famed electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors apparently need to pay a $275,000 fine for lacking a "Certificate of Conformity" from the EPA, needed to comply with the Clean air Act. As is noted in the article, it doesn't seem like Tesla should have to get such documentation in the first place, seeing as it doesn't even have a tailpipe, but such is the nature of regulations being a bit behind the technology times.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 2 Sep 2010 @ 4:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "What is the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere compared to inside a typical house?"

    Here is a google search.

    "The measured co2 in my living area ranges from approximately 500 ppm to over
    2000 ppm. The higher concentrations generally occur during the winter
    months when I am spending more of my time indoors, and am preserving the
    heat by running the forced air intake fans less."

    http://www.natscience.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/chem/6069/Oxygen-percent-in-a-room

    While the above doesn't seem to indicate that the theoretical decrease in oxygen is all that much (21% to 20.8%, though I think that even that, over a prolonged period of time, can have a huge impact), it does seem to indicate that CO2 levels can be a problem. Also see

    "CO2 can build up in buildings that house a lot of people or animals, and is a symptom of problems with fresh air circulation in the building or home.
    ...
    High CO2 levels, generally over 1000 ppm, indicate a potential problem with air circulation and fresh air in a room or building. In general, high CO2 levels indicate the need to examine the HVAC system. High carbon dioxide levels can cause poor air quality and can even extinguish pilot lights on gas-powered appliances. "

    http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/ChemFS/fs/CarbonDioxide.htm

    Also see

    http://www.aces.edu/dept/poultryventilation/documents/MgMnVPVP.pdf

    "If you're releasing enough methane to make the air toxic, you have way bigger problems than opening a window will solve. Seriously."

    The toxins that your body release isn't toxic in the sense that it will immediately kill you, but it is toxic enough to be detrimental to your health if not ventilated.

    "What is the percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere compared to inside a typical house?"

    There are studies on indoor air pollution, many of which have found that the level of pollution indoors is far greater than that outdoors. Some of those toxins also come from your body.

    "(NaturalNews) Indoor air pollution is arguably one of the most overlooked threats to human health, particularly affecting young children who spend an estimated 80% of their time indoors. Studies released in the past few years demonstrate clearly that poor indoor air quality not only increases asthma symptoms but can also be responsible for headaches, fatigue, nausea, allergic reactions, hormone imbalances and liver, kidney or central nervous system damage. Evidence has even been found that it causes cancer."

    http://www.naturalnews.com/025772_pollution_health_indoor_air.html

    "A committee of the World Health Organization estimates that as many as 30 percent of new or remodeled buildings may have unusually high rates of sick building complaints. While this is often temporary, some buildings have long-term problems which linger, even after corrective action. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that poor ventilation is an important contributing factor in many sick building cases"

    http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/ventilat.html#Health%20Problems%20and%20Ventilation

    "Influe nza transmission occurred from one index case to 72% of the 54 passengers aboard an airliner, on the ground in Alaska, while the ventilation system was turned off (Moser 1979). This outbreak is widely thought to represent a second piece of evidence for airborne transmission and it is also thought that the high attack rate was due in part to the ventilation system not being in operation (Moser 1979). "

    http://www.sanuvox.com/PDF%20Brochures/ASHRAE_position_on_Airborne_Infectious_Diseases.pdf

    " There is evidence that low ventilation rates and other building characteristics can lead to increased incidence of
    respiratory diseases caused by viruses (Brundage, et al., 1988; Fisk, 2001). "

    http://eetd.lbl.gov/ie/pdf/LBNL-48287.pdf

    "What percentage is it happening with the windows closed, and what percentage with them open?"

    I don't know exactly but it would naturally be higher with the windows closed.

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