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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- The SMGB proposes new regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Stockton-Lodi Production Consumption Region. The proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2014, No. 22-Z, and is available for public comment through July 14, 2014.
- The SMGB proposes new regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Bernardino Production-Consumption Region. Revised regulatory text is available for public comment for 15 days ending June 5, 2014. The proposed language reflects the need for clarity between such language and the accompanying plates, and does not reflect any new proposed areas for designation, or termination of designation, when previously considered and adopted by the SMGB in April 2014. Please note that the changes illustrated by double underlining and double strikeout are the revisions being made to the originally noticed text and only these revisions are subject to public comment. All comments should be forwarded to the attention of the SMGB's Executive Officer by June 5, 2014.
- The SMGB proposes new regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara Production-Consumption Region. The proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2014, No. 20-Z, and is available for public comment through June 30, 2014.
- The SMGB proposes to hold a public hearing in order to consider adoption of regulations to designate areas of statewide or regional significance and specify the boundaries thereof, for mineral lands located in the North San Francisco Bay Production-Consumption Region Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and Southwestern Solano Counties. The hearing will take place on May 14, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, Napa City Hall, 955 School Street, Napa, CA 94559.
- On April 11, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law approved amended regulatory action pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Palm Springs Production-Consumption Region. This regulatory action (regulatory text and plates) became effective on July 1, 2014.
- 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.
- On October 2, 2013, the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to the designation, and termination of designated, select mineral lands within the San Gabriel Production-Consumption Region, County of Los Angeles. This regulatory action became effective January 1, 2014.
- Inspection of a surface mining operation is required not less than once each calendar year to determine if the surface mining operation is in compliance with the requirements of Public Resources Code (PRC) Chapter 9, commencing with Section 2710. The Surface Mining Inspection Report (Form MRRC-1), as referred to in California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 3504.5(g), was last revised in April 1997. At its July 11, 2013 regular business meeting, the SMGB approved the revised Surface Mining Inspection Report Form. (Form MRRC-1; Revised July 11, 2013) .
- At its November 14, 2013 regular business meeting, the SMGB approved its 2012-2013 Annual Report.
- The next Regular Business Meeting of the State Mining and Geology Board will take place on October 1, 2014 in Palm Desert, CA. The Agenda Notice will be published on September 10, 2014.
- The August 14, 2014 Regular Business Meeting of the State Mining and Geology Board took place in Sacramento. The Agenda Notice and associated reports can be found here.
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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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