Tesla Motors still hasn't announced where it will build the Model S, but the plant has been rumored to be located in either Long Beach or Downey, CA. If the Raging Grannies get their way, the Downey location will be removed from the list of possible candidates because of questions about toxic pollutants – including trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, and arsenic "amongst 250 other chemicals" according to workers who got sick working there in the past– at the site. The odd sickness some people who worked there came down with was nicknamed the "Downey flu." The former NASA site was also used to shoot movies.

Of course, considering that Tesla might not be going to Downey anyway (despite what the mayor there says), there's a case to be made that the Raging Grannies are attacking Tesla unfairly. Tesla spokesperson Ricardo Reyes told AutoblogGreen that:
Deciding where to build our state-of-the art, energy-efficient manufacturing home should be deliberative process, and we intend to get it right. We will test and re-test any location before moving forward.
You can watch a video of the Raging Grannies protesting at Tesla after the jump and learn more about the site here. Thanks to Steve Z. for the tip!

[Source: YouTube, Tesla Motors]






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