Activists Sue New York For Approving Bitcoin Mining Operation

Despite the growing appeal of crypto and how it is improving the world’s monetary markets, some individuals simply don’t desire anything to do with it.

On January 13, 2 ecological groups called Clean Air Coalition of Western New York and Sierra Club submitted a suit versus New York state companies, specifically: the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC), Fortistar North Tonawanda, LLC, North Tonawanda Holdings, LLC, and a Canadian crypto mining business Digihost International, Inc. in the Supreme Court of Albany County.

Clean Air Coalition and Sierra Club are both represented by Earthjustice.

GPU Cards are being utilized for cryptocurrency mining. Source: SectigoStore

Violation Of The Big Apple’s Climate Law

The basis of the stated claim was because of the approval of NYPSC of a fossil fuel-burning Proof-of-Work (PoW) crypto mining operation inside a power plant of Fortistar (situated in North Tonawanda).

The approval of NYPSC instantly breaches the state’s sweeping environment law, particularly the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), Earthjustice stated. 


Fortistar’s power plant was taken control of for crypto mining operations. Source: Ted Shaffrey/AP

According to court files, the center would be functional 24 hr a day, 7 days a week, and produce as much as 3,000% higher greenhouse gas emissions as a crypto mining complex.

This is the very first time a suit of this kind has actually been submitted to need compliance with the required of New York’s significant environment statute.

According to Chris Murawski, Executive Director of Clean Air Coalition:

“The PSC is failing in its role as a regulatory body to protect public health and to uphold the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Clean Air will continue to fight against the burning of fossil fuels to generate power for cryptocurrency mining, especially in residential areas like North Tonawanda.” 

Bitcoin mining

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Crypto And The Environmental Impacts

Aside from the apparent greenhouse gasses that a power plant gives off as a by-product throughout its operation (which adds to the boost of greenhouse gas emissions around the world), the complainants of the case argue that the neighborhoods surrounding the taken-over power plant have actually been considerably impacted and are thought about under the 2019 environment law as “disadvantaged communities.

This category can bring big repercussions to individuals of New York who are living near and are reliant on the Fortistar power plant.

That suggests those neighborhoods have greater opportunities of experiencing unfavorable ecological effects, which can be a substantial and lasting problem to numerous people and households within the area and functional radius of the power plant.  

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For his part, Dror Ladin, Senior Attorney at Earthjustice, stated:

“New York’s landmark climate law means that agencies can’t ignore the climate and environmental justice consequences of their decisions.”

During the clearance procedure, Clear Air and the Sierra Club voiced ecological issues to the PSC. In action, Digihost mentioned in public documents that it would transform the center to eco-friendly gas, with the supreme goal of utilizing 100% hydrogen by the end of 2023.

-Featured image by The Independent

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