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Auto Battery Plants Being Audited

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A 2012 Chevrolet Electric Volt gets charged at a charging station at a Chevrolet car sales lot in Troy, Michigan
A 2012 Chevrolet Electric Volt gets charged at a charging station at a Chevrolet car sales lot in Troy, Michigan

DETROIT, MI (WKZO) - It’s been tough times at Auto battery plants in Michigan and now some in congress are beginning to question the Department of Energy’s role in propping up the plants while they wait for Americans to begin buying Chevy Volts.

Apparently A123 near Detroit received a million dollars in loan assistance from the Department of Energy on the very day that they declared bankruptcy and some in Congress are crying foul.  Now the DOE has started an audit of the LG Chem Plant in Holland after news reports that the workers there are paid all day to watch movies and do puzzles because there are no batteries to build.  

Some of them had been shipped out to local non-profits to work for them, but they were all withdrawn last month.   That plant received 151-million in federal funding, which it will only get to keep if they maintain employment.  Johnson Controls of Holland is now looking into buying the assets at A123.

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