Welcome to the California 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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June 14, 2018
The next meeting will be held June 14, 2018 in Sacramento. The agenda will be published on May 30.
May 30-31, 2018
Inspection Training Workshop
The Division of Mine Reclamation (DMR) will conduct an Inspection Training Workshop in Independence, CA. For more information, please click here
May 10, 2018
State Scientist Day
DOC will participate in the 30th annual State Scientist Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 on the west side of the State Capitol. For more information, please click here
May 9, 2018
Gold's Influence on California
John Clinkenbeard, who heads the California Geological Survey's Mineral Resources Program, will give a talk entitled "Gold! How mining influenced the development of California," May 9 at the State Library in Sacramento. Further information can be found
April 23, 2018
The SMGB will commence an informal pre-rulemaking comment period and hold a pre-rulemaking workshop for possible development and revision of regulations in the California Code of Regulations, pertaining to Performance Standards for Backfilling Excavations and Recontouring Lands Disturbed by Open Pit Surface Mining Operations for Metallic Minerals
. For more information, please
March 13, 2018
The California Attorney General's Office has approved revisions to the SMGB surety bond forms. For more information, please
February 7, 2018
The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the SMGB's rulemaking package associated with Fees Calculation. For more information, please
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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