MISSOULA — The Missoula County Planning Board held its first public listening to Tuesday night time on a proposal for the everlasting zoning of cryptocurrency mining operations.
Cryptocurrency is digital foreign money, nevertheless it should the “mined” by massive computer systems fixing advanced calculations.
Missoula County first encountered cryptocurrency mining when a company set up operations in the old Bonner mill warehouses greater than three years in the past.
That introduced out-of-state income and offered some jobs, nevertheless it was additionally hundreds of pc servers, taking megawatts of energy.
Neighbors complained in regards to the noise from the computer systems and followers together with the environmental impacts.
County commissioners enacted interim zoning controls in April of 2019, and the corporate finally filed for chapter final spring.
That interim zoning will expire in April of this yr. On Tuesday, the county started the method of renewing that zoning. No selections will likely be made till a number of classes of public remark are held on the matter.