The cryptocurrency mining sector has achieved a significant victory, marking a pivotal moment in its ongoing dialogue with U.S. regulatory bodies.

The Chamber of Digital Commerce is an organization that operates as a trade association in the United States, focusing on promoting the interests and development of the blockchain and digital asset industries.

It aims to foster an environment conducive to the innovation and growth of blockchain technology, engaging with policymakers, regulators, and industry stakeholders to achieve this. The Chamber advocates for regulatory clarity and a supportive legal framework that balances risk management with the potential benefits of digital assets and blockchain technologies.

Through its efforts, it seeks to bridge the gap between the evolving digital currency industry and traditional regulatory landscapes, ensuring that the transformative potential of these technologies can be fully realized while addressing concerns related to security, compliance, and consumer protection.

The Chamber of Digital Commerce positions itself as a key player in shaping the future of finance and commerce, representing a wide array of interests, from startups to more established companies within the blockchain ecosystem.

In a recently published blog post, the Chamber of Digital Commerce announced that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) had withdrawn its emergency survey directed at cryptocurrency miners. This decision comes as a direct result of concerted efforts by the Chamber of Digital Commerce, in collaboration with The Texas Blockchain Council and Riot Platforms, which collectively managed to halt the survey’s execution.

The initial pushback against the EIA’s survey began with the successful acquisition of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) last week, effectively pausing any immediate actions by the EIA. Following this legal success, the EIA has now officially rescinded both the survey and the emergency justification initially cited for its deployment.

According to the blog post, this resolution is not just a temporary relief but establishes a precedent for future engagements between the cryptocurrency mining community and the EIA. It has been agreed that should the EIA consider surveying cryptocurrency miners again, it will adhere to the legally mandated notice and comment procedure. This should mean that any future survey will be conducted transparently, allowing for public input on its scope before re-issuance.

The Chamber of Digital Commerce expressed its deep appreciation to the Texas Blockchain Council, Riot Platforms, and the dedicated legal teams from Gray Reed LLP, National Civil Liberties Alliance, and Cherry, Johnson, Siegmund, James, PLLC. Their expertise and collective efforts have been instrumental in securing this outcome.

The backdrop to this issue began on 31 January 2024 when the EIA issued a mandatory survey for cryptocurrency miners under the guise of an ’emergency’ justification. This move by the EIA was met with immediate resistance from the Chamber of Digital Commerce, which took swift action to safeguard the interests of the cryptocurrency mining sector and its members. While the Chamber supports the concept of reasonable data sharing, it argued that the manner in which the survey was proposed and the justification provided were far from reasonable, posing a significant and immediate threat to the integrity and operational stability of the U.S. cryptocurrency mining industry.

Engagement efforts with the EIA to reconsider the survey’s approach were met with resistance, leading to a legal challenge initiated by The Texas Blockchain Council and Riot Platforms. The Chamber of Digital Commerce joined this lawsuit as a co-plaintiff, further strengthening the case against the EIA’s actions. The collective action culminated in a legal victory with the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), preventing the EIA from moving forward with the survey, and ultimately resulting in the government agreeing to withdraw the survey initiative altogether.

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