​​The State Mining & Geology Board (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. Specifically, the SMGB serves as an appeals board, and has authority to accept certain appeals and petitions and grant certain exemptions pursuant to California Code of Regulation Section 3505 and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975.