Welcome to the State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)
The SMGB represents the State's interest in the development, utilization and conservation of mineral resources; reclamation of mined lands; development of geologic and seismic hazard information; and to provide a forum for public redress.
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- On March 30, 2015 the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara Production-Consumption Region. This regulatory action will become effective July 1, 2015. The Final Statement of Reasons may be found here.
At its March 12, 2015 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted regulatory language pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the North San Francisco Bay Production-Consumption Region.
- At its August 14, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted regulatory language pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Stockton-Lodi Production Consumption Region.
- On January 13, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to mandatory notification and recertification of amended surface mining ordinances. This regulatory action became effective April 1, 2014.
- At its November 13, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB approved its 2013-2014 Annual Report.
- The next committee and regular business meetings are scheduled for April 9, 2015 in Sacramento. The Agenda Notices and Staff Reports can be found here.
- The March 12, 2015 committee and regular business meetings were held in Sacramento. The Agenda Notices and Staff Reports 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".
The SMGB's Bylaws can be found here
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