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The Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR)

In 1991, following significant revisions to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA), the Office 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 Office 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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What's New

Lead Agency Review and Assistance Program - Review Order Established

The Office of Mine Reclamation’s Lead Agency Review and Assistance (LARA) program is pleased to present the order in which lead agencies will be reviewed. OMR 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, OMR 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.

2015 Online Mine Operation Annual Report Pilot Program

The Department of Conservation's (Department) Office of Mine Reclamation is excited to announce the launch of online submissions for the Mining Operation Annual Reports (MRRC-2).  The Department has constructed an online reporting system which will assign a unique login code to each California Mine Identification (ID) number required to file an annual report.  For your convenience, the Department will be moving toward the online submittal of all annual reports and associated reporting fees beginning with the 2016 Reporting Year, due July 1, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact the OMR Reporting Unit by email at or by phone at (916) 323-9198.