The Seneca County Board of legislators handed a measure Tuesday to ship a letter to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul asking her to sign legislation implementing a two-year moratorium on refiring fossil gasoline energy crops for the aim of cryptocurrency mining.
The measure handed unanimously, an uncommon feat contemplating the board consists of 13 Republicans and a lone Democrat. Republicans have largely rallied towards the efforts to deal with environmental issues related to producing some forms of cryptocurrency.
The decision additionally asks Hochul to instruct the Division of Environmental Conservation to disclaim the renewal of air permits for Greenidge Technology. The department has said the plant is just not in compliance with the state’s climate goals as a result of its Bitcoin mining operation.
“We’re holding up our finish of the deal to guard our surroundings and honor the state’s local weather objectives,” the letter to the governor reads. “We ask that you just maintain up the state’s finish of the deal by denying Greenidge Technology’s air allow purposes and signing the invoice that points a moratorium on these sorts of cryptocurrency operations.”
The Greenidge Technology facility sits throughout Seneca Lake in Yates County. The Yates County Legislature unanimously voted final 12 months in favor of a decision supporting the Greenidge facility.
The chairs of the county’s Republican and Democratic committees, Thomas Fox and David Wooden respectively, additionally launched a joint assertion shortly after Tuesday’s vote, aligning themselves with the board of supervisors.
“Whereas we’re each proudly pro-business, there comes some extent the place the exploitation of our pure assets goes too far,” the joint assertion learn. “The continued operation of Greenidge Technology’s cryptocurrency mining operation threatens the well being of Seneca Lake and isn’t in step with the character of our communities or the character of our thriving tourism trade. The Greenidge plant gives no sensible profit to the residents of Seneca County and its continued operation will solely hurt the residents and guests that cherish the lake as we do.”
Hochul mentioned just lately that she continues to be contemplating whether or not to signal the moratorium laws. The DEC has set a deadline of June 30 to deal with Greenidge’s permits.