Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with fellow lawmakers Jared Huffman, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Rashida Tlaib, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan and U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm Granholm. The letter says that the mining of crypto-currencies causes a lot of controversy regarding the threat of environmental pollution and high electricity consumption.
Congressmen demanded that the EPA provide more information about the regulation of mining farms and the amount of electricity they use. The writers of the letter are interested in how agencies collect data and use the information received.. Lawmakers called on the Department of Energy and the EPA to make mandatory requests for data on the activities of mining farms and their carbon emissions.
Democrats also asked for details about the state's Energy Star program.. Previously, agencies planned to contact mining industry participants through the Digital Chamber of Commerce to offer them the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool.. The tool is used for benchmarking commercial power consumption and can also be applied to data centers and mining farms.. The parliamentarians asked: were there any trainings for miners on the implementation of the service and is it used to track energy consumption in the production of cryptocurrencies? Democrats expect to receive a response from officials by March 6.
In October, senators sent a similar letter to the Electricity Reliability Board of Texas (ERCOT), demanding a report on the impact of miners on the local power system.