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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.

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Report to the California Legislature on the Activities of Lead Agencies and Surface Mining Operations 

As a result of Senate Bill 447 (Lara), which was signed by Governor Brown in September 2013, the Department of Conservation's Division of Mine Reclamation (DMR), as noted in Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 2717(c)(1-10), is required to submit a report to the California Legislature on the activities of lead agencies and surface mining operations.  To facilitate preparation of a timely report, DMR intends to collaborate with Surface Mine and Reclamation Act Lead Agencies (Lead Agency) located throughout the state to ensure accurate information is presented to the California Legislature. 

Please see the Legislative Reports page for more information.


Changes to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act 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 these recent changes.

Summary of Changes to SMARA.pdf
 

Rulemaking Efforts for Changes to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act

The Department is undertaking rulemaking efforts related to the passage SB 209 and AB 1142.  The Department, in coordination with the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) and stakeholders, is in the process of developing a mine inspection guidance document. 

Additionally, the Department is assisting the State Mining and Geology Board in rulemaking efforts related to other changes in SMARA.  For more information regarding the SMGB’s rulemaking efforts, please visit their website.


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 here.