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's regulations pertaining to the designation, and termination of designated, select mineral lands within the San Gabriel Production-Consumption Region, County of Los Angeles, were approved by the Office of Administrative Law and will be effective January 1, 2014.
- A Determination of Jurisdiction has been made in regards to a Designation Appeal (Public Resources Code 2775) received from Friends of the Kings River for the proposed Carmelita Mine and Reclamation Project located in Fresno County, and the Chairman of the SMGB has approved the appeal and a hearing has been granted pursuant to California Code of Regulations Section 3627. The SMGB is providing Public Notice for the upcoming public hearing as part of its November 14, 2013 regular business meeting.
- The SMGB held a public hearing on August 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. for designation and termination of designation considerations in the Stockton-Lodi Production-Consumption Region. The hearing will take place at the C.M. “Bud” Sullivan Community Room of the Lodi Public Library, 201 West Locust Street, Lodi, CA 95240
- Pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.3(b), the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) for proposed regulatory language for the designation, and termination of designation, of mineral lands within the Palm Springs Production-Consumption Region, is available for public comment.
- The SMGB proposes new regulations for mandatory notification and recertification of amended surface mining ordinances. Proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2013, Volume No. 33-Z. Pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.3(b), the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) is available for public comment. The public comment period is from October 23, 2013 to November 7, 2013.
- Although engineering geologists are not specifically designated to conduct activities under the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), current standards of practice dictate that certified engineering geologists, or similarly qualified geo-professionals, should be involved in certain surface mining and reclamation tasks. SMGB Information Report 2013-10 titled "Roles of the Engineering Geologist under the California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA)" addresses this issue.
- 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 July 11, 2013 regular business meeting, the SMGB approved its revised Strategic Plan
- The December 12, 2013 regular business meeting in Palm Springs, CA has been deferred until January 9, 2014. The agenda will be available December 19, 2013.
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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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