Rulemaking Package #7, Public Resources Code (PRC) §2774.1, Appeals of Orders to Comply with SMARA
The State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) will commence a formal 45-day public comment period for revisions to Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Division 2, Chapter 8, Subchapter 1, Article 14, pertaining to Appeals of Orders to Comply with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA). Specifically, CCR sections 3940 – 3948 will be amended to conform appeal procedures to recent statutory amendments from Assembly Bill (AB) 1142. On April 18, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1142 (Gray), which made significant revisions to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (PRC § 2710 et seq., “SMARA"). To enact the necessary revisions to SMARA, the SMGB must address these changes by way of amending regulation. The extended 45-day public comment period will run from November 1 – December 31, 2019.