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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(8-4-17) The SMGB will commence an informal pre-rulemaking comment period for the revision of its current example financial assurance
mechanisms (FAMs). To assist in this effort and provide
comments on the sample draft language please click here.
(7-31-17) The SMGB has made available a revised Notice of Adoption
for proposed amended regulatory language pertaining to Inspections, Vested Rights Determinations, and Mining Ordinances. For more information, please click here.
(7-14-17) The SMGB now has a fill and print version of the new Financial Assurance Cost Estimate (FACE) form available. For more information, please click here
(7-11-17) The SMGB has made available a Notice of Availability of Modifications to the Text of Proposed Regulations
associated with rulemaking package #3, Inspections. For more information, please click here
(6-23-17) The SMGB will commence a formal comment period for the development and revision of regulations associated with Vested Rights Determinations and Mining Ordinances. For more information, please click here
(6-21-17) The SMGB will commence an informal pre-rulemaking comment period for the development and revision of regulations associated with Fees Calculation. For more information, please click here
The next regular business meeting is scheduled for September 14 in Sacramento.
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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