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Residents in Arkansas are engaged in tense disputes with Bitcoin mining operations over the noise generated by the computers, claiming that it negatively affects their lives and property values.
The Bitcoin outfit here, 45 minutes north of Little Rock, is one of three sites in Arkansas owned by a network of companies embroiled in tense disputes with residents, who say the noise generated by computers performing trillions of calculations per second ruins lives, lowers property values and drives away wildlife.
Bitcoin mining is known for its vast energy use and noise pollution, and residents have voiced their concerns. However, a new state law in Arkansas has given the Bitcoin companies an advantage over the complaints of residents.
Though some elected officials like Mr. Brown and other Bitcoin operators in Arkansas have voiced support for the beleaguered residents, a new state law has given the companies a significant leg up.