Organizations File Lawsuit Against New York City To Prevent Bitcoin Mining Facilities

Organizations led by an environmental organization have sued the U.S. town of Torrey in New York for giving the green light to expand a Bitcoin mining facility at the Greenidge Generation power station.4

The Sierra Club, The Lakes Preservation Committee, the Seneca Lake Guardian and others, Greenidge Generation LLC, the town of Torrey and the Torrey Planning Board are seeking court orders to block construction, according to the court.

They argue that the planned expansion of the mining facility would damage water discharges into Seneca Lake, whose operations begin in early 2019, and that the data equipment benefited from energy generated by the facility, which never hit the grid.

While officials say such activities do not violate any laws, the plaintiffs guarantee otherwise. Greenidge asked the town of Torrey to expand its bitcoin mining facilities by building four new warehouses to house cooling and computing equipment in early 2020.

But 78. Article petition says local officials violated state Environmental Quality Review Act:

GREENIDGE SOUGHT APPROVAL FOR THIS PROJECT THROUGH TWO SEPARATE BUT INTERCONNECTED APPROVAL APPLICATIONS, THUS DIVIDING THE APPROVAL REQUESTS INTO SECTIONS.

According to Fingerlakes 1, the petition also claimed that the Planning Board had not considered “taking a hard look” at the need for additional water to cool the Generating Station and the “discharge of superheated water into Seneca Lake.”

Concerns About Harm To Health
Two of the plaintiffs said they feared their health could be “harmed” if the Bitcoin mining facilities were expanded as expected.

Greenidge commented, Despite previous efforts by organizations involved in legal action before the case:

EVEN WITH THIS (BITCOIN EXPANSION) PROJECT, OUR FACTORY WILL REMAIN WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENTAL LIMITS SET BY THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS.

Atlas Holding, a private equity firm and owner of Greenidge, had installed nearly 7,000 bitcoin mining machines in 2019

The Sierra Club, The Lakes Preservation Committee, the Seneca Lake Guardian and others, Greenidge Generation LLC, the town of Torrey and the Torrey Planning Board are seeking court orders to block construction, according to the court.

They argue that the planned expansion of the mining facility would damage water discharges into Seneca Lake, whose operations begin in early 2019, and that the data equipment benefited from energy generated by the facility, which never hit the grid.

While officials say such activities do not violate any laws, the plaintiffs guarantee otherwise. Greenidge asked the town of Torrey to expand its bitcoin mining facilities by building four new warehouses to house cooling and computing equipment in early 2020.

But 78. Article petition says local officials violated state Environmental Quality Review Act:

GREENIDGE SOUGHT APPROVAL FOR THIS PROJECT THROUGH TWO SEPARATE BUT INTERCONNECTED APPROVAL APPLICATIONS, THUS DIVIDING THE APPROVAL REQUESTS INTO SECTIONS.

According to Fingerlakes 1, the petition also claimed that the Planning Board had not considered “taking a hard look” at the need for additional water to cool the Generating Station and the “discharge of superheated water into Seneca Lake.”

Concerns About Harm To Health
Two of the plaintiffs said they feared their health could be “harmed” if the Bitcoin mining facilities were expanded as expected.

Greenidge commented, Despite previous efforts by organizations involved in legal action before the case:

EVEN WITH THIS (BITCOIN EXPANSION) PROJECT, OUR FACTORY WILL REMAIN WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENTAL LIMITS SET BY THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS.

Atlas Holding, a private equity firm and owner of Greenidge, had installed nearly 7,000 bitcoin mining machines in 2019.

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