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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)

The mission of the State Mining and Geology Board is to provide profession​al 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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(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.

(6-13-17) The formal comment period for rulemaking package #3, Annual Inspections has ended. The final rulemaking package (addressing all comments received) will be presented to the SMGB at its August regular business meeting.

(4-28-17) The SMGB proposes to amend existing regulations pertaining to Surface Mining Operation Annual Inspections. For more information, please click here.

(4-20-17) ​​The Board is pleased to announce the approval of its first regulatory action involving the comprehensive rulemaking effort to enact significant revisions to SMARA following the passage of SB 209 and AB 1142. Rulemaking package #2, Financial Assurance Cost Estimate (FACE) form was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on April 13, 2017. For more information, please click here. ​

​​​Meeting Information​​

The next regular business meeting is scheduled for June 8 in Sacramento.

SMGB Authorities​

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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