SMARA Reform Rulemaking
On April 18, 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 209 (Pavley) and AB 1142 (Gray) into law and thereby enacted significant changes to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA). These reforms affect how the SMGB and the Department of Conservation (DOC), local lead agencies, and surface mine operators oversee, implement, and comply with SMARA. For more information please see the Department’s press release regarding the SMARA reform effort. The SMGB, in cooperation with the Department of Conservation, is undertaking a comprehensive rulemaking effort to enact significant revisions to SMARA following the passage of SB 209 and AB 1142.
For a brief illustrated overview of the Rulemaking process please click here
. For additional information on the Administrative Procedures Act and the Rulemaking process please visit the Office of Administrative Law
Pursuant to Public Resources Code §2759, state policy for the reclamation of mined lands shall be continuously reviewed and may be revised. Below are policy subject areas the SMGB currently anticipates to review for possible revisions. Policy subject areas are in no particular order.