The Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR)
Created in 1991 to administer the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA). Established to meet the Act's requirement, OMR provides assistance to cities, counties, state agencies and mine operators for reclamation planning and promotes cost-effective reclamation. OMR strives to reclaim mined lands to a beneficial end-use through the implementation of SMARA, prevent or minimize the adverse environmental effects of mining by providing assistance to lead agencies and miners in the review of reclamation plans, and minimize residual hazards to public health and safety through the Abandoned Mine Lands program.
Chief, Office of Mine Reclamation: Dennis O'Bryant
A skilled team of professional geologists and botanists assist mine operators to ensure that their mined land will be returned to a useable form.
Manager: Jim Pompy
Reporting and Compliance Unit
Professional geologists monitor mining operations for compliance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act.
Manager: Ken Trott
Abandoned Mine Lands Unit
A small team of professional geologists and environmental scientists compile a statewide database of abandoned mines. Working with local, regional, state and federal partners, the AMLU remediates public safety hazards posed by abandoned mines. In addition, the AMLU hosts the California Abandoned Mine Lands Forum.
Manager: Steve Jenkins