Many relieved as Greenville City Council unanimously votes in favor of changing crypto mining ordinance standards

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -An ordinance placing certain restrictions on cryptocurrency mining within the Greenville limits was back on the agenda again for city council to discuss Thursday.

North of the River Association members high-fived one another as pure jubilation filled Greenville City Hall.

“It’s a huge victory for me and the others who participated pushing for this change,” said NOTRA Vice Chair, Lisa Tyson.

Cryptocurrency mining has been a topic of discussion for quite some time as there’s been strong pushback about an ordinance that would allow crypto mining companies to operate within the city limits.

A public hearing was held at Thursday night’s city council meeting for people to address adopted changes to data processing centers by the council that could deter crypto companies.

The council unanimously voted in favor of the changes, which many were happy about.

“We didn’t know what the outcome would be so that’s why we decided to continue pushing and try to make this happen,” Tyson said. “We’re thankful.”

Those changes include increasing the distance such businesses could operate from 2,500 feet to 3,400 feet from residences and schools, putting a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. time limit on when such businesses could operate, and reducing the allowable decibel level to 30.

Residents say the changes removed their concerns.

“We’re appreciative of the distance change as well as the other restrictions,” Tyson said. “We’re just thankful that they’ve made it a little harder for crypto to come into our city.

Council also voted to delete the definition and standards for a modular data processing facility.

The city says there are no such businesses seeking to operate in Greenville that they’re aware of at the moment.