​SMARA Reform Rulemaking Information


Public Resources Code §2774 (e): Guidance Document for Surface Mine Inspectors



Effective April 1, 2018, this rulemaking adds Section 3504.6 to the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 2, Chapter 8, Subchapter 1, Article 1.  This regulation incorporates, by reference, a training document entitled, "Guidance Document for Surface Mine Inspectors" (Guidance Document).  

Public Resource Code Section 2774, Subdivision (e)(1) requires the Division of Mine Reclamation (DMR) to establish an Inspection Training Program (ITP) for all surface mine inspectors by December 31, 2017.  The ITP must include a Guidance Document designed to provide the basic instructions and recommendations for surface mine inspections. The ITP will consist of inspection workshops, to be offered by DMR in different regions of the state, that will be designed to provide practical application of the Guidance Document.  On or after July 1, 2020, mine inspections must be conducted by an inspector who has, on file with the Department of Conservation and the Lead Agency, an inspection workshop Certificate of Completion.

Please see the links below for downloadable copies of the rulemaking package, the approved regulatory language, and the "Guidance Document for Surface Mine Inspectors."  

  1. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action​ (PDF)
  2. Initial Statement of Reasons​ (PDF)
  3. Text of Proposed Regulations​ (PDF)
  4. Form 399​ (PDF)
  5. Form 400​ (PDF)
  6. Final Statement of Reasons​ (PDF)
  7. Amended Notice of Approval of Regulatory Action​ (PDF)
  8. Text of Final Regulations​ (PDF)
  9. Guidance Document for Surface Mine Inspectors​​ (PDF)​