Welcome to the Division of Mine Reclamation
The Division of Mine Reclamation (DMR)
In 1991, following significant revisions to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA), the Division of Mine Reclamation was created to provide a measure of oversight for local governments as they administer SMARA within their respective jurisdictions. To accomplish this goal, the Division of Mine Reclamation may provide comments to lead agencies on a mining operation’s reclamation plan and financial assurance and may initiate compliance actions that encourage SMARA compliance. While the primary focus is on existing mining operations and the return of those mined lands to a usable and safe condition, issues relating to abandoned legacy mines are addressed through the Abandoned Mine Lands program.
Division of Mine Reclamation celebrates 25-year milestone
SMARA Reform Enacted
On April 18, 2016, Governor Brown signed
SB 209 (Pavley) and
AB 1142 (Gray) into law and thereby enacted significant changes to SMARA. For more information please see the
Department’s press release regarding this recent SMARA reform effort.
Summary of Changes to SMARA.pdf
SMARA Reform Rulemaking
The Department is undertaking rulemaking efforts related to the passage of SMARA reform. The Department, in coordination with the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) and stakeholders, is in the proceses of developing a mine inspection guidance document.
Additionally, the Department is assisting the State Mining and Geology Board in rulemaking efforts related to other SMARA reform requirements. For more information regarding the SMGB’s rulemaking efforts, please visit their
Lead Agency Review and Assistance Program - Review Order Established
The Division of Mine Reclamation’s Lead Agency Review and Assistance (LARA) program is pleased to present the order in which lead agencies will be reviewed. DMR thanks all the lead agencies that contributed documents to the LARA program and appreciates your interest and participation.
The goal of the LARA program is to review approximately eight to ten lead agencies per year over the next six years. Within the next 30 days, DMR will contact the first two lead agencies on the review order list.
For more information about the LARA program and to see the review order, please click