SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers of Moses Lake, a joint venture with German automaker BMW, will invest $125,000 for an electric vehicle charging station near Moses Lake.
The new charging station, announced Tuesday, is part of a settlement agreement between the company and the state Department of Ecology over past air quality violations.
Ecology Director Maia Bellon said in a statement, “We support the direct investment SGL is making for the environment with this fast charging station. Encouraging and improving fuel efficient travel will benefit air quality for years to come.”
The charging station will be compatible with the state Department of Transportation’s fast charging network, the West Coast Electric Highway, which locates charging stations every 25 to 50 miles along Interstate 5 and other major roadways.
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If SGL can’t complete the project, the $125,000 will then be paid to the state Air Pollution Control Account.
SGL violated its air permit when equipment failed on two manufacturing lines, and a non-permitted bypass vent released uncontrolled emissions into the air in 2012 and 2013.
A new air quality permit issued to the company adds two production lines and address the bypass vent.
SGL also had to make a significant investment in additional air pollution control equipment to make sure the facility meets state and federal clean air requirements.