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.
SMARA Reform Rulemaking
The SMGB, in cooperation with the Department of Conservation, is undertaking a comprehensive rulemaking effort to enact significant revisions to SMARA following the passage of SB 209 and AB 1142. Additional information and updates on the regulatory packages can be found on the Rulemaking Packages page.