Welcome to the 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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Preliminary Review Maps of proposed revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones were released on December 15, 2016 to the cities of Arcadia, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, and South Pasadena, and the County of Los Angeles by the California Geological Survey (CGS). These maps are released under the authority of the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning (AP) Act that was passed following the 1971 San Fernando earthquake. The AP Act is a state law designed to reduce the hazard from surface fault rupture during an earthquake.
Earthquake Fault Zones are regulatory zones that encompass surface traces of active faults that have a potential for future surface fault rupture. The index map
shows the general location of maps delineating the proposed Earthquake Fault Zones within the affected areas. Click here
to view or download the proposed revised maps and their associated Fault Evaluation reports.
Review Comment Period
Pursuant to Public Resources Code § 2622(c) and the California Code of Regulations § 3602, the December 15, 2016 release commences a 90-day comment period during which concerned jurisdictions, state agencies, and the public shall submit comments to the State Mining and Geology Board for review and consideration. Comments should be sent to the State Mining and Geology Board before March 15, 2017. Comments should be addressed to:
Jeffrey Schmidt, Executive Officer
State Mining and Geology Board
801 K Street, MS 20-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
The State Mining and Geology Board will hold a public hearing during the 90-day comment period. The specific hearing date and location will be provided as soon as available.
SMARA REFORM RULEMAKING
The SMGB in cooperation with the Department of Conservation is undertaking a comprehensive rulemaking effort to enact significant revisions to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) following the passage of two bills. SB 209 (Pavley) and AB 1142 (Gray) were signed into law on April 18, 2016 and require significant changes. For additional information and updates on the regulatory packages, please see the ongoing rulemaking
SMARA REFORM ENACTED
On April 18, 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 209 (Pavley) and AB 1142 (Gray) into law and thereby enacted significant changes to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA). These reforms affect how the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) and the Department of Conservation (DOC), local lead agencies, and surface mine operators oversee, implement and comply with SMARA. For more information please see the Department’s press release regarding this recent SMARA reform effort, available here.
The SMGB's regulations
pertaining to the designation of mineral lands in the North San Francisco Bay
P-C Region were approved by OAL on February 9, 2016, and became effective April 1, 2016.
The next regular business meeting is scheduled for January 12 in Sacramento. The Agenda Notice can be found 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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