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NT residents urge DEC to reject crypto company application

Residents in North Tonawanda, New York are experiencing constant noise from the Digihost crypto mining operation, likening it to living near a busy airport or Niagara Falls. Mark Polito, a resident, shared that the noise is so loud that it prevents him, his guests, and pets from enjoying time outdoors, especially at night.

Environmental activists have raised concerns about the noise as well as the environmental impact of the operation. Digihost, which acquired the power plant from Fortistar, is using powerful computers to mine digital currency by burning fracked gas, leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions. This has raised alarm about the company’s contribution to climate change and air pollution.

Despite a moratorium on renewing permits for crypto mining operations, Digihost has been allowed to operate under an expired permit due to the facility being purchased after the previous owner had applied for a permit. Environmentalists are calling for action from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to address the situation.

The city administration is exploring options to shut down the operation, including a proposed moratorium. Residents are hopeful for a resolution to the noise issue and environmental concerns. The DEC has stated that it is currently reviewing the permit application to ensure it aligns with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

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