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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

  • The SMGB proposes amended regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of

     designation of mineral lands in the North San Francisco Bay Production-Consumption Region. The proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2014, No. 52-Z, and is available for public comment through February 9, 2015.   
  • 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.   
  • 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.     
  • At its November 13, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB approved its 2013-2014 Annual Report

 

Meeting Information

  • The next committee and regular business meetings are scheduled for February 12, 2015 in Sacramento.  The Agenda Notices can be found here.
  •  The January 8, 2015 Regular Business Meeting will be held in Sacramento. The Agenda Notice can be found here.  The associated staff reports will be available no later than Monday, January 5.

 

 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".

The SMGB's Bylaws can be found here.



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