The Seneca County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul and her administration with concerns on the lack of action regarding the air permit renewal process for Greenidge Generation and the moratorium on cryptocurrency mining.
“We ask that you hold up the state’s end of the deal by denying Greenidge Generation’s air permit applications and signing the bill that issues a moratorium on these kinds of cryptocurrency operations,” the letter reads, which was unanimously agreed to, according to Kyle Barnhart, the Town of Lodi supervisor and Board of Supervisors minority leader.
Greenidge Generation last year applied for renewal of its state air pollution permit. Its Dresden natural gas power plant delivers energy to the grid. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has yet to come to a decision on renewing the permit.
Greenidge also operates a crypto mine there. Known as proof-of-working cryptomining, the process involves large amounts of energy to generate digital currency tokens. Environmental organizations have argued the process is not compatible with efforts by New York to transition to more renewable forms of energy and lower its carbon footprint in the coming decades.
“We continue to unanimously oppose the continued operation of the cryptocurrency mining operation on Seneca Lake,” the board wrote in its letter.
The state Legislature recently passed a bill that would place a two-year moratorium on cryptomining while a review of the practice is conducted. Gov. Hochul said last week that the bill is being looked at and did not commit to signing it.
Earlier this week, Crain’s New York reported that New York City Mayor Eric Adams wants Gov. Kathy Hochul to veto a bill.
Hochul has previously said she wants to strike a balance on the issue of both protecting the environment and helping grow the economy in parts of upstate New York.
“We are united, bipartisan and unanimous in asking you to deny the permits, sign the bill, and protect Seneca Lake from further exploitation,” the Seneca County board’s letter said.