Proposed one-year ban on crypto mining rejected by Montana county

30 Sep, 2018
by Richard Allen
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Proposed one-year ban on crypto mining rejected by Montana county

The Montana county of Missoula has rejected the proposal for a moratorium on cryptocurrency operations, the Missoulian reports.

Originally presented in June, the proposal, if passed, would see the county implement a one-year ban on new or expanded cryptocurrency activity within the county. However, a unanimous decision was ruled against implementing the ban after about a dozen people testified during the second half of the hearing that was suspended in June so staff could take more time to consider various options.

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Following the hearing on Thursday, the following message was posted on the county’s website:

“The commissioners voted not to adopt interim zoning, and instead directed staff to investigate the development of regulations targeting the impacts of concern such as noise, electronic waste, and energy.”

Jenny Dixon with the county planning department noted that of about 80 written comments from 71 individuals, 92% supported the moratorium.

Jaymie Bowditch, however, an attorney for Hyperblock Technologies, the parent company of project Spokane, one of the companies with cryptocurrency mining operations within the town of Bonner explained that before the commission could approve the one-year moratorium, they first had to present evidence of an imminent threat to public health or safety. By extending the hearing for three months, it showed that no signs of immediate danger were present.

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