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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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News

  • Public Notice is hereby given that a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is available for public review for the Western Aggregates LLC Yuba County Operations Amended Reclamation Plan (proposed project). The State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) is seeking comment on the content of the Draft EIR.  The public comment period for the DEIR is from October 6, 2014 to November 19, 2014.  To view the entire Notice of Availability, Draft EIR and related documents, please click here.

  • Brian Anderson, 50, of Carlsbad, has been appointed to the State Board of Mining and Geology. Anderson has been vice president of property permitting and environment at Vulcan Materials Company since 2013, where he has held several positions since 2002, including director of environment, regulatory affairs and sustainable development, environmental affairs manager and area resources manager. He held several positions at Brown and Caldwell Inc. from 1994 to 2002, including program leader, operations manager and senior project manager. Anderson earned a Master of Science degree in geological sciences from the University of California, Riverside.

  • Michael Mendez, 36, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the State Mining and Geology Board. Mendez has been a researcher at the University of California Center for Global Healthy Cities since 2013 and a Ford Foundation pre-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley since 2010. He was legislative director of academic and biomedical research at the University of California, Office of the President from 2008 to 2010, a senior government affairs advocate at Blue Shield of California from 2006 to 2008 and a senior legislative aide in the office of California State Assemblymember Cindy Montañez from 2003 to 2006. Mendez is a member of Ubuntu Green Board of Directors and served as a commissioner and vice-chair of the City of Sacramento Planning Commission from 2008 to 2012. He earned a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • At its August 14, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted regulatory language pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Stockton-Lodi Production Consumption Region.  
  • At its August 14, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted regulatory language pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara Production-Consumption Region. 
  • At its August 14, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB approved proposed regulatory language pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the North San Francisco Bay Production-Consumption Region.  The language will be published in the California Regulatory Notice Register. 
  • On June 11, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law approved regulatory action pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Bernardino Production-Consumption Region.  This regulatory action  (regulatory text and plates) becomes effective on October 1, 2014. 
  • On April 11, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law approved amended regulatory action pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Palm Springs Production-Consumption Region.  This regulatory action (regulatory text and plates) became effective on July 1, 2014.
  • On January 13, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to mandatory notification and recertification of amended surface mining ordinances. This regulatory action became effective April 1, 2014.     
  • 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 November 14, 2013 regular business meeting, the SMGB approved its 2012-2013 Annual Report

 

Meeting Information

  • The November 13, 2014 Committee and Regular Business Meetings will take place in Palm Springs, CA.  The Agenda Notices can be found here.  The associated reports will be available no later than November 10, 2014.
  • The August 14, 2014 Regular Business Meeting of the SMGB took place in Sacramento.  The Agenda Notice and associated reports can be found here.

 

SMGB Authorities

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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