New York council proposes stricter crypto mining regs

October 15, 2018
Chris Wheal

A council in New York, is considering bringing in stricter requirements on commercial cryptocurrency mining farms operating in the city.

Plattsburgh’s Common Council, has proposed introducing zoning regulations for commercial crypto mining activities.

According to a report from Coindesk a public hearing will now be held on 25 October to decide whether to adopt the proposal.

In future, crypto mining farms may need to keep temperatures inside their facilities within stricter limits

The suggested zoning rules cover a variety of categories such as fire safety, heat, nuisance abatement and special use permits.

If approved, crypto mining farm operators in the city would immediately be required to keep the ambient temperature inside their facilities within 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.8 degrees Celsius) at any time.

Should the average daily temperature outside the facilities be less than 40 degrees F (4.4 degrees C), mining farm operators must ensure that “no more than 20% of heat dissipated by the mining activity shall be released directly to the outside.”

The proposal also suggests a cap on noise generated by mining farms.

“No mining operation should produce more than 90 decibels (dB) from a distance of 25 feet from the exterior of the containment structure, to avoid any adverse effects for the residents,” the proposal states.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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