Restaino said Niagara Falls wants to make sure cryptocurrency companies follow existing planning and zoning laws, and city officials are also drafting new laws to regulate the field.

“There’s the electronic waste issue. Not unlike solar panels, you have to be sure you’re dealing with the disposal of the equipment in a proper way,” Restaino said. “And what brought this to our attention was sound mitigation.”

Critics, including the Sierra Club, sued the City of North Tonawanda after its Planning Commission approved Digihost’s project at Fortistar in September. The suit contends North Tonawanda’s zoning ordinance doesn’t allow cryptocurrency mining. Actually, the ordinance is silent on the topic, since it’s so new.