Welcome to the California State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)
The mission of the State Mining and Geology Board is to provide professional expertise and guidance, and to represent the State's interest in the development, utilization, and conservation of mineral resources, the reclamation of mined lands, and the development and dissemination of geologic and seismic hazard information to protect the health and welfare of the people of California.
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August 9, 2018
The next meeting will be held August 9, 2018 in Sacramento. The Agenda Notice will be published July 25.
June 28, 2018
The SMGB is now accepting online payments. For more information, please click here
June 7, 2018
The SMGB has commenced an informal pre-rulemaking comment period for the development and revision of regulations pertaining to Financial Assurance Cost Estimate Appeals. Form more information, please click here
June 6, 2018The Office of Administrative Law has approved the SMGB's rulemaking package associated with Financial Assurance Mechanisms- Letters of Credit and Certificates of Deposits. For more information, please click here.
May 11, 2018
The SMGB has extended the public comment period associated with the informal pre-rulemaking workshop held on May 9, 2018, in Riverside, pertaining to Performance Standards for Backfilling Excavations and Recontouring Lands Disturbed by Open Pit Surface Mining Operations for Metallic Minerals
. For more information, please click here
The SMGB is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms. The SMGB serves as a regulatory, policy, and appeals body representing the State's interests in geology, geologic and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources and reclamation of lands following surface mining activities.
The SMGB operates within the Department of Conservation, and is granted certain autonomous responsibilities and obligations under several statutes including the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act, the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The SMGB's general authority is granted under
Public Resources Code (PRC) Sections 660-678. Specifically, PRC Section 662(b) requires all SMGB members to "represent the general public interest".
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