Cryptocurrency zoning regulations now permanent in Missoula County

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Cryptocurrency mining requires massive collections of servers, which use large amounts of power, are a challenge to keep cool and also can produce high noise levels.

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At a commissioners’ meeting last month, Missoula County put pen to paper on a permanent piece of largely environmental zoning law related to cryptocurrency they believe is the first of its kind in the country.

On March 25, the Missoula County commissioners voted to adopt zoning regulations regarding cryptocurrency mining operations aimed at sustainability and the county’s 2030 clean energy goals. The county did not come across any cryptocurrency mining regulations regarding climate change during an exhaustive nationwide look at zoning laws.

Missoula County officials believe it is one of the first counties in the nation to enact cryptocurrency mining ordinances specifically dealing with climate change.

“I think the zoning that Missoula County is about to adopt is one of the first that really addresses the climate change impacts of cryptocurrency mining, and so we’re very excited about this,” said

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