WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Electrical energy and web supplier BrightRidge confirmed Tuesday it has obtained a letter from the Washington County authorities urging compliance over a loud Bitcoin mining facility working on considered one of its properties.
At a Washington County Fee assembly on Monday night time, commissioners voted unanimously to have Planning Director Angie Charles ship the letter, which describes a zoning violation on the Brightridge property in rural Limestone.
Washington County Commissioner Kent Harris stated the letter urged Brightridge to adjust to zoning legal guidelines as a public utility inside 30 days. He stated the industrial operation of the Bitcoin mine by personal firm Crimson Canine Applied sciences is a violation of the property’s zoning.
The fee’s vote permits the county legal professional to pursue litigation if BrightRidge doesn’t comply.
“I believe that it needs to be shut down,” Harris stated. “Litigation is one thing no one likes, but when it involves that, that’s what it’s going to come back to.”
The unique rezoning request, authorized by the County Fee in Feb. 2020, requested for the 22-acre property to be rezoned from common agricultural land to agriculture enterprise, which meant utility-only land use. BrightRidge proposed the usage of the land for a blockchain knowledge middle.
Harris serves the district the holds the mine. He regretted his vote, saying BrightRidge didn’t inform the fee the complete story.
“All of the fee has stated all alongside that we had been misled from the start,” Harris stated. “This was a state of affairs that was kind of pulled over our eyes. We thought it was going to be a photo voltaic farm or one thing for BrightRidge.”
Plans for an eventual photo voltaic farm do seem within the rezoning paperwork, however they make no point out of Crimson Canine Applied sciences or that any personal entity would function on the grounds.
Final month, Washington County Mayor and Brightridge board member Joe Grandy addressed the fee on the noise particularly. He stated he mine ought to mitigate the noise coming from it or be shut down.
Though the noise isn’t what threatened the mine legally, Grandy stated efforts to decrease the noise had been too little, too late.
“That’s simply not what the enterprise was that wound up being a part of this venture,” Grandy stated. “The oldsters at Crimson Canine labored arduous with the neighbors to attempt to get that noise degree down and be higher neighbors. It was a sluggish course of, and whereas they labored at it diligently it most likely wasn’t fairly sufficient.”
Concern with the Bitcoin farm began earlier this yr after residents complained concerning the loud hum it emitted from cooling followers.
These followers run arduous as a result of the mine is Brightridge’s primary buyer. No different operation below Brightridge consumes as a lot electrical energy because the Crimson Canine servers.
Brightridge executives had been unavailable to remark as a result of potential for litigation.
The Washington County Fee will determine on additional motion at its subsequent assembly if Brightridge doesn’t adjust to the zoning necessities.