​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the California State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)

The mission of the State Mining and Geology Board is to provide profession​al expertise and guidance, and to represent ​the State's interest in the development, utilization, and conservation of mineral resources, the reclamation of mined lands, and the development and dissemination of geologic and seismic hazard information to protect the health and welfare of the people of California.

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June 14, 2018
The next meeting will be held June 14, 2018 in Sacramento. The committee and regular business meeting agendas can be found here​.


June 7, 2018
The SMGB has commenenced an informal pre-rulemaking comment period for the development and revision of regulations pertaining to Financial Assurance Cost Estimate Appeals. Form more information, please click here​.

June 6, 2018
​The Office of Administrative Law has approved the SMGB's rulemaking package associated with Financial Assurance Mechanisms- Letters of Credit and Certificates of Deposits.  For more information, please click here​​​.
May 11, 2018
The SMGB has extended the public comment period associated with the informal pre-rulemaking workshop held on May 9, 2018, in Riverside, pertaining to Performance Standards for Backfilling Excavations and Recontouring Lands Disturbed by Open Pit Surface Mining Operations for Metallic MineralsFor more information, please click here​​​.

May 10, 2018
State Scientist Day
​DOC will participate in the 30th annual State Scientist Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 on the west side of the State Capitol.​​ ​​ For more information, please click here​.​

​May 9, 2018
Gold's Influence on California
John Clinkenbeard, who heads the California Geological Survey's Mineral Resources Program, will give a talk entitled "Gold! How mining influenced the development of California," May 9 at the State Library in Sacramento.​  Further information can be found here​.​

The SMGB is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms. The SMGB serves as a regulatory, policy, and appeals body representing the State's interests in geology, geologic and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources and reclamation of lands following surface mining activities.

The SMGB operates within the Department of Conservation, and is granted certain autonomous responsibilities and obligations under several statutes including the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act, the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The SMGB's general authority is granted under Public Resources Code (PRC) Sections 660-678. Specifically, PRC Section 662(b) requires all SMGB members to "represent the general public interest".

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