HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Haywood County commissioners are considering proposals that would govern cryptocurrency mining.
That’s where multiple computers are grouped together to create digital currency but generate non-stop noise in the process. County planners are looking into developing regulations.
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They concluded that amending the existing noise ordinance wouldn’t work, so, instead, planners are suggesting that commissioners consider amending the county’s high-impact ordinance.
That would require that crypto mines be placed at least 750 feet from neighboring property lines.
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“These are a drain on the power grid. They suck a lot of energy, create very few jobs, and if they are placed in the wrong place, it’s like, I guess, a mad hornet’s nest in your ear 24/7,” said Commissioner Tommy Long on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Commissioners are expected to address the proposed changes to the high-impact ordinance when they meet Nov. 6.