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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.

Note: If you wish to be alerted to the SMGB's ongoing activities, you can be added to the mailing list and/or the e-blast list. Click here for more information.

News

  • Public Notice is hereby given that an Environmental Assessment and Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (EA-IS/MND) has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is available for public review for the Super Creek Quarry Expansion Revised BLM Plan of Operations and Amended Reclamation Plan No. 137 (Project).  The public comment period for the EA-IS/MND is from July 1, 2014 to July 30, 2014.  To view the entire Notice of Intent including instructions for reviewing physical copies of the documents, please click here.

 The EA-IS/MND and related documents can also be reviewed and/or downloaded by clicking on the following links:

 Super Creek Quarry EA_IS-MND _2014-06-30
Appendix A - Plan of Operations and Amended Reclamation Plan (Note:  Appendices A through N of the Plan of Operation and Amended Reclamation Plan are available by contacting the SMGB directly)

Appendix B - Criteria Air Pollutants-GHG Data

Appendix C - Initial Study (2014-6-30)

 

Notice of Public Hearing/Meeting:  Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the State Mining and Geology Board for the purpose of considering public comment on the proposed Project and EA-IS/MND.  The hearing will be held at a regular meeting of the State Mining and Geology Board on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Assembly Hearing Room #444, State Capitol, Sacramento, California.  Interested parties should consult the SMGB web site to confirm the meeting agenda, time, and date, or call (916) 322-1082.

  • The SMGB proposes new regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Stockton-Lodi Production Consumption Region.  The proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2014, No. 22-Z, and is available for public comment through July 14, 2014.
  • The SMGB proposes new regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Bernardino Production-Consumption Region.  Revised regulatory text is available for public comment for 15 days ending June 5, 2014. The proposed language reflects the need for clarity between such language and the accompanying plates, and does not reflect any new proposed areas for designation, or termination of designation, when previously considered and adopted by the SMGB in April 2014. Please note that the changes illustrated by double underlining and double strikeout are the revisions being made to the originally noticed text and only these revisions are subject to public comment.  All comments should be forwarded to the attention of the SMGB's Executive Officer by June 5, 2014.
  • The SMGB proposes new regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara Production-Consumption Region.  The proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2014, No. 20-Z, and is available for public comment through June 30, 2014.
  • The SMGB proposes to hold a public hearing in order to consider adoption of regulations to designate areas of statewide or regional significance and specify the boundaries thereof, for mineral lands located in the North San Francisco Bay Production-Consumption Region Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and Southwestern Solano Counties. The hearing will take place on May 14, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, Napa City Hall, 955 School Street, Napa, CA 94559.
  • 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) becomes effective on July 1, 2014.
  • The California Geological Survey has released two proposed new and revised Preliminary Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone maps (Azusa Quadrangle and accompanying Azusa Fault Evaluation Report, Hollywood Quadrangle and accompanying Hollywood Fault Evaluation Report) situated within Los Angeles County (release statement).  The public comment period is from January 8 to April 8, 2014 for the Azusa Quadrangle, and May 15, 2014 for the Hollywood Quadrangle.  All comments should be forwarded to Stephen Testa, Executive Officer, State Mining and Geology Board, smgb@conservation.ca.gov.
  • 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.  
  • On October 2, 2013, the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to the designation, and termination of designated, select mineral lands within the San Gabriel Production-Consumption Region, County of Los Angeles. This regulatory action became effective January 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 July 10, 2014 Regular Business Meeting of the State Mining and Geology Board  has been cancelled due to lack of a quorum. The next Regular Business Meeting will be held in Sacramento on August 14, 2014, with the agenda notice to be published on July 24, 2014.

 

  • NOTE: If you wish to be alerted to this Board's ongoing activities, you can be added to the mailing list and/or the e-blast list. Click here for more information.

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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