DRESDEN, N.Y. (WETM) — On Jan. 11, the EPA denied a request by Greenidge’s Bitcoin Mining operation to proceed utilizing their coal ash pond for waste till 2023.
Greenidge Generation runs a once-mothballed plant close to the shore of Seneca Lake within the Finger Lakes area to provide about 44 megawatts to run 15,300 pc servers, plus further electrical energy it sends into the state’s energy grid. The megawatts devoted to Bitcoin is perhaps sufficient electrical energy to energy greater than 35,000 houses.
Greenidge filed an application with the EPA to reap the benefits of a Trump rollback to proceed working its coal ash pond previous an April 11, 2021 deadline to stop accepting waste. Coal ash waste is a by-product of burning coal. Greenidge requested for permission to function the pond till October 2023.
The EPA denied their request and stated the next in an official release.
EPA has decided that Greenidge will not be eligible for the extension as a result of the power operates pure gas-fired boilers as an alternative of coal-fired boilers. This interim dedication is being made after the April 11, 2021 deadline to stop receipt of waste; subsequently, EPA is proposing to ascertain a brand new deadline for Greenridge to stop receipt of waste into the C-Pond of 135 days after EPA’s closing resolution.
U.S. Environmental Safety Company
The EPA will take remark solely on when the stop receipt date for the ash pond must be. A 30-day public remark interval will finish on February 23, 2022.