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Rural Kentuckians continue to wait for noise relief as they look to Arkansas’ new crypto mining law – Kentucky Lantern

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Noise Concerns and Regulation Challenges Surrounding Cryptocurrency Mining Operations in Rural Kentucky

The quiet rural community of Wolfe County in Kentucky has been disrupted by the constant whirring noise of a suspected cryptocurrency mine that moved in nine months ago. Despite efforts to mitigate the noise with noise-canceling blankets, residents like Brenda Campbell are still struggling to find relief from the intrusive sound.

Wolfe County Judge-Executive Raymond Banks acknowledges that the noise blankets have not been effective, and residents are now looking to Frankfort for solutions. Inspired by recent action in Arkansas, where lawmakers passed legislation requiring cryptocurrency mining operations to obtain state permits and implement noise-reduction techniques, residents in Kentucky are hopeful for similar measures.

Cryptocurrency mining operations use a significant amount of electricity to power high-powered computers, resulting in loud electric fans that generate noise. While industry-sponsored bills aim to steer noisy mining operations to designated industrial areas, concerns remain for rural counties without zoning laws, leaving them vulnerable to noise pollution.

Despite efforts to pass legislation in Kentucky to regulate crypto mining noise, the bill failed to progress in the Senate. Residents like Brenda Campbell continue to be affected by the noise, with concerns extending beyond just the sound to broader issues of cryptocurrency regulation and ownership.

As the debate continues in Kentucky, residents in Wolfe County are left grappling with the constant noise from the nearby data center, highlighting the challenges of balancing economic development with community well-being in rural areas.

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