Cryptocurrency Mining, An Emerging and Unregulated Industry?

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Greenidge Generation LLC is a natural gas power plant that’s mining cryptocurrency on an industrial scale, and Greenidge aims to expand its operations.

The last round of government approval needed to give the greenlight to Greenidge’s expansion, is the Torrey Town Planning board.

Torrey is a small, rural town in the heart of the Finger Lakes, situated on the west side of Seneca Lake.The Planning Board is reviewing a site plan application for Greenidge at it’s meeting on April 19th.

There are a lot of layers to this decision. Whether Torrey approves or denies the site plan application from this huge crypto-mining operation is, in a sense, besides the point now.

At least regionally and potentially state wide, Greenidge has tipped over a set of dominoes; alerting local governments, public officials, and activist groups to cryptocurrency mining’s potential impact on environmental impact.

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