Under new rules announced today by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U-Haul cargo ship Emerald will be allowed to discharge its water underground for up to four months under new guidelines for the discharge of water from an acid mine.
The discharge of acid mine water will be limited to no more than 20 cubic feet per hour, but the Army Corps will be required to monitor it to ensure compliance.
The new rules also require the UHaul to monitor acid mine discharge and ensure that the discharge does not lead to “dangerous conditions” or to the contamination of drinking water sources.
The Army Corps is also requiring that the Emerald and its crew, including its crewmen, be licensed to work in the acid mine site, which is under federal jurisdiction.
“The new regulations require that all personnel engaged in the operation of the Emerald must be licensed by the Corps of Engineering to work on the site, and all personnel must have been previously certified to work at the site by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement,” said Brig. Gen. James H. Smith, the Army’s director of the Bureau for Operational Safety and Health, in a statement.
“This requirement for ongoing and ongoing monitoring of acid Mine water discharge is a significant step forward in maintaining safety at the acid mines.”
Under the new rules, the Emerald will also be allowed, under the new regulations, to discharge acid mine groundwater, which the Corps will monitor and test for toxic contaminants and toxic chemicals.
The rules will require that the crewmembers be licensed under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to operate the Emerald under federal regulations.
The crew must also have been recently certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, and must have a license from a local county to work.
The new acid mines regulations are also designed to protect the environment, said Mark Hirschhorn, director of operations for the American Mine Association, a trade group for UHooligan, an industry group that represents UHoonians.
The acid mine is the largest remaining open pit mine in the United States and is considered one of the worst acid mine sites in the world, according to the American Association of Mines and Metallurgy.
It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the second largest source of acid mined in the U, behind only the massive West Virginia mine in West Virginia.
The mine is operated by the San Jose mine in California, and the California Department of Mines has a contract with the U Hauls to transport the Emerald to the mine.
According to the EPA, acid mine wastewater contains dangerous and potentially toxic chemicals, including benzene, ethylene, sulfuric acid, sulfur dioxide, nitrates, nitrites and phosphate, and is released by the mine when the mine’s hydrothermal vent is activated.
The agency said acid mine waste is the third most toxic source of toxic pollutants in the country, behind oil spills and lead-based paint.
The U. S. Department of Labor and the UAHooligan said the Emerald’s discharge of waste is not only dangerous but can have adverse health effects on workers and the environment.
Smith said in a news release that the new acid drainage regulations will help to ensure that acid mine employees have “the right training, experience and certification to safely operate the mine safely and to ensure safe operation of equipment, including hazardous materials.”
The Emerald is one of two UHooan vessels currently operating in the California acid mine system, which were commissioned in December 2018 by the federal government.
UHooligans said the U hauls Emeralds cargo to the California mines are the only UHookan ships operating in California and that the company’s fleet of ships are designed to be used in emergency situations to protect workers and property.