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​​​​SMARA Reform Pre-Rulemaking Workshop Information

Inspections and Inspector Training

The Department, in coordination with the State Mining and Geology Board and stakeholders, is developing a mine inspection guidance document.  The guidance document is required by Section 2774 of the Public Resources Code, as amended by AB 1142.

Pre-rulemaking workshops will be on November 22nd, November 30th, and December 6th, 2016 in Sacramento, Santa Ana, and Redding, respectively.  Each workshop will include a brief presentation by DMR staff and discussion questions for the participants.  Please see the Notice of Pre-Rulemaking Workshops and the Guidance document below.

Associated Documents
Notice of Pre-Rulemaking Workshops for Inspections and Inspector Training Guidance Document
Pre-Rulemaking Discussion for Inspections and Inspector Training Guidance Document
Pre-Rulemaking Workshop Presentation for the Development of a Surface Mining Inspection Guidance Document and Regulations

For a list of the current workshop schedule click here.

SMARA Workshop Information

The Division of Mine Reclamation (DMR) offers workshops throughout the state. We provide training in the following topics below:

Lead Agency Workshop

Description:  SMARA training workshops are designed to help lead agencies understand their roles and responsibilities under SMARA.  This workshop provides an overview of SMARA with tips and techniques for SMARA program success, financial assurance (both estimates and mechanism), enforcement process case study, fiscal issues, as well as interactive Q&A with networking.

Target Audience:  Lead agencies and their consultants​
Presentation: Sacramento Workshop, March 4, 2016

Annual Inspection Workshop

Description:  This workshop will focus on conducting the SMARA annual insp​ections, including observing and measuring site conditions, updating financial assurances, completing the inspection form, and corrective actions/enforcement. This workshop consists of a two day course, one day of classroom training and one day out in the field.

Target Audience:  Designed to train lead agency staff and consultants who conduct annual inspections of surface mining operations.

​Lead Agency Review and Assistance Workshop

Description: The revised Lead Agency Review and Assistance (LARA) program will cover a variety of topics related to the new LARA program and we welcome your participation and input on the revised program. Some of the topics will include:

  • When, why and how lead agencies are selected for review
  • Performance review and expectations
  • Review procedures and coordination
  • Mine inspection process review
  • Development of report findings
  • Consultations on initial report and preparation of final reports​

Target Audience:  Lead agencies and their consultants.


For a list of the current workshop schedule click here.

Please call (916) 323-9198 for more information.