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FRESH, October 25, 2022: New York Governor Must Decide Fate of Partial Crypto-Mining Moratorium

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October 25, 2022

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Basin of the week

  • Enbridge pays $11 million for northern water violations Minnesota It is connected to the Line 3 oil pipeline project.
  • The federal government harmful algae bloom Research and Surveillance Grants.
  • pennsylvania has taken another step towards regulation of two PFASs in drinking water.
  • Detroit We have $100 million to accelerate the replacement of lead drinking water pipes.

The future of the cryptocurrency industry is at stake New York Because the governor is considering a moratorium on certain forms of crypto mining.

“I’m a little surprised that we haven’t been able to have a balanced conversation. [about] It’s an industry that uses a lot of energy. – State Rep. Anna Keres is the New York legislature’s primary sponsor of a bill that puts a two-year moratorium on several new cryptocurrency mining operations in the state.

The bill, which passed both houses of the New York State Legislature, is framed as a referendum on the future of the state’s cryptocurrency industry.Gov. Kathy Hochul has yet to indicate whether it will sign the New York Focus, a two-year moratorium reportThe bill will suspend new cryptocurrency mining operations that use fossil fuels, but projects that use hydropower will not be affected. All current mining plans in the state will use hydropower, but the crypto industry remains concerned. Industry lobbyists fear the bill will be the gateway to additional restrictions on energy-intensive businesses.

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Pennsylvania is one step closer to regulating two PFASs in drinking water

status panel voted in favor How to set limits for two PFAS chemicals in drinking water. By a margin of 15 to 3, the Environmental Quality Commission agreed to limit the concentration of PFOA to 14 ppt and PFOS to 18 ppt. The US Environmental Protection Agency is setting federal standards. A draft is expected to be submitted by December. Environmental advocates in Pennsylvania told WHYY they shouldn’t wait for a federal process that could take another year to finalize. The Pennsylvania process is also not yet complete. The regulation must be approved by the Board of Review and the Office of the Attorney General for it to take effect.

In context: EPA warns of health problems when PFAS levels in drinking water are incredibly small

in the news

Harmful algal blooms: US government Earned $18.9 million Grants for research and monitoring of harmful algal blooms along the ocean coasts and Great Lakes. The funding includes research into the impact of acid water on Great Lakes bloom formation and a pilot project for a nationwide monitoring network.

Line 3: Agencies in Minnesota Fined Enbridge Energy $11 million in water quality violations related to the construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline, according to the Associated Press. These violations include the illegal release of stormwater into wetlands and the release of drilling mud. The company also drilled into aquifers that should not have been drilled.

Future prospects

lead service line: Thanks to state and federal funding, the Detroit Water and Sewer Authority now $100 million Accelerate the removal of lead drinking water pipes. The agency said it will increase lead service line replacements from 700 to 5,000 annually over the next three years, largely with additional funding from the federal Pandemic Relief Fund. I have.

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