Welcome to the Office of Mine Reclamation
The Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR)
Created in 1991 to administer the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA), OMR provides assistance to cities, counties, state agencies and mine operators for reclamation planning and promotes cost-effective reclamation. OMR strives to reclaim mined lands to a beneficial end-use through the implementation of SMARA and minimize residual hazards to public health and safety through the Abandoned Mine Lands program.
Mine Reclamation Nuggets - Technical Notes and News Bulletins
OMR’s website now contains Technical Notes and News Bulletins. These Notes and Bulletins replace the SMARA Update newsletter providing a more timely and accessible source of information on SMARA and abandoned mines. The notes and bulletins will be posted and archived on a frequent basis. Notes, Bulletins, and old SMARA newsletter articles, will be indexed for easy reference. Please check the Mine Reclamation Nuggets page frequently for answers to common SMARA and abandoned mines questions and related news.
SMARA Reclamation Plan Submittal Procedure
Under the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) Section 2774 (c), local lead agencies are required to submit reclamation plans and plan amendments to the Director of the Department of Conservation (i.e., OMR) for review prior to approving such documents. However, OMR often receives submittals that are incomplete or inadequate, resulting in delays to the review process. The SMARA Reclamation Plan Submittal Procedure page addresses the types of supporting documentation that should be included with a submittal, and the minimum standards under state law regarding the preparation of documents by qualified professionals.
SMARA Lead Agency Inspection Notice Form
Earlier this year a letter was emailed to all SMARA Lead Agencies as a reminder that submittal of an Inspection Notice along with the MRRC-1 Inspection Form is required under SMARA (PRC2774[b]). To assist the lead agencies with the requirement, the Office of Mine Reclamation has developed a convenient Inspection Notice Form. This specific form is not required, as SMARA states only what content is to be included in the notice.
New Surface Mining Inspection Report Form Adopted
On July 11, 2013 the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) approved a new Surface Mining Inspection Report Form (Form MRRC-1). According to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, all surface mining operations must be inspected annually using a form adopted by SMGB. Lead Agency use of the new form is mandatory effective July 17, 2013.
The new form includes instructions for its use. Additionally, the Office of Mine Reclamation will include instructions on the use of the form at its regular workshops.