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SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 A hazardous material
spill at Tesla Inc's Gigafactory battery plant in
Nevada on Monday was being investigated by emergency workers but
there were no serious injuries, the company said.
Tesla spokesman Dave Arnold said a drum of "standard
construction cleaning solvent" was spilled at a loading dock and
a small area of the building was evacuated.
"Out of an abundance of caution, a couple of employees who
may have been exposed are being transferred to the local
hospital," said Arnold.
He said Tesla anticipated no effect on production.
"There was no threat to the public, no plumes or anything,"
said Joe Curtis, director of emergency management for Nevada's
Storey County. He said the fire department was on the scene
identifying the spilled hazardous material.
The factory outside of Sparks, Nevada, has not yet been
completed but production has begun on lithium-ion battery cells
to be used in Tesla's energy storage products and upcoming Model
(Reporting By Alexandria Sage; Editing by David Gregorio)