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US lawmakers sound alarm to EPA over atmosphere considerations of crypto mining

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United States House of Representatives member Jared Huffman and 12 different lawmakers have requested the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, assess crypto mining corporations probably violating environmental statutes.

In a letter addressed to EPA administrator Michael Regan on Wednesday, Huffman stated he and different Democratic House members had “serious concerns” round crypto corporations within the United States reportedly contributing to greenhouse fuel emissions and never working in accordance with both the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act. The lawmakers recognized efforts to “re-open closed gas and coal facilities” as a way to provide vitality for crypto mining operations as a specific space of concern, in addition to “energy-inefficient” proof-of-work mining for Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Monero (XMR), and Zcash (ZEC).

“Cryptocurrency mining is poisoning our communities,” stated the letter. “The rapidly expanding cryptocurrency industry needs to be held accountable to ensure it operates in a sustainable and just manner to protect communities.”

In addition to air and water air pollution because of vitality manufacturing, the U.S. lawmakers pointed to “large amounts of electronic waste” because of crypto miners changing into out of date, and “significant noise pollution” reported round communities with mining operations in New York, Tennessee and Georgia. House members together with Representative Brad Sherman — who has beforehand known as for a ban on cryptocurrencies within the United States — and progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez signed the letter in help of motion towards mining corporations.

“We request that the EPA evaluate PoW mining facilities’ compliance with environmental statutes, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, and engage with the communities when reviewing permits,” stated the letter to Regan. “Further, we ask that the EPA investigate and address any harm these existing PoW facilities are causing communities including, but not limited to, ensuring that electronic waste is responsibly disposed of, and noise pollution is abated.”

“As cryptocurrency continues to gain popularity and demand more mining, we must ensure communities are not left with the toxic burdens associated with this technology.”

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The vitality necessities for cryptocurrency miners proceed to be controversial amongst policymakers within the U.S. and plenty of different international locations. Bloomberg reported in March that oil and fuel large ExxonMobil had been utilizing extra fuel from oil wells in North Dakota to run BTC miners as a part of a pilot program began in January 2021. In addition, a New York state supreme court docket decide lately dismissed a petition requesting mining agency Greenidge Generation halt operations, saying organizations had didn’t show residents would endure from an “environmental harm” with the corporate increasing.