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Cryptocurrency mining in Arkansas generating public opposition

Jacqueline Froelich
Harrison planning commissioners had to move a late May meeting to a large auditorium to accommodate several hundred residents protesting a cryptocurrency mining facility proposed by representatives with Green Digital, LLC.

A new cryptocurrency mine in Faulkner County, and another proposed for construction in Boone County in Harrison are among nearly a dozen such facilities in Arkansas, experts said. These high-power digital data centers generate valuable virtual currency such as Bitcoin. But crypto mining can also generate noise pollution, tons of carbon emissions -- and concerns about foreign investors.

Correction: University of Arkansas scholar Carol Goforth was introduced in this report as Mary Goforth. We regret the error.

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Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for <i>Ozarks at Large.</i>
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