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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 new 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, Volume No. 22-Z.  Revised regulatory text is available for public comment for 15 days, beginning July 28 and ending August 12, 2015, and subsequent to adoption consideration by the SMGB at its upcoming August 13, 2015, regular business meeting. 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 March 2015. Specific changes include the following items. All comments should be forwarded to the attention of the SMGB's Executive Officer by August 12, 2015.
  • Notice is hereby given that the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) proposes to hold a public hearing in order to consider adoption of regulations to designated areas of statewide or regional significance and specify the boundaries thereof, for mineral resources lands located in the Temescal Valley Production Region, Riverside County, in accordance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA), pursuant to Public Resources Code Division 2, Chapter 9, Article 6, Section 2790. 

  • On June 11, 2015, the SMGB approved its revised Model Surface Mining and Reclamation Ordinance. It is intended for use by City and County lead agencies desiring assistance in developing their SMARA ordinances.  While this model contains each of the elements required to be in a SMARA ordinance, as well as some additional elements common to ordinances in use statewide, it should be appropriately modified to reflect local conditions and practices.  Some provisions may not be applicable to some lead agencies. The use of this model by a lead agency is discretionary, and its form is not mandated by law.

  • Preliminary Review Maps of proposed new and revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones were released on June 4, 2015 to Riverside County and the cities of Coachella and Indio by the California Geological Survey (CGS).  These maps are released under the authority of the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning (AP) Act that was passed following the 1971 San Fernando earthquake.  The AP Act is a state law designed to reduce the hazard from surface fault rupture during an earthquake. Earthquake Fault Zones are regulatory zones that encompass surface traces of active faults that have a potential for future surface fault rupture. 

     Review Comment Period

     The June 4, 2015 release date begins a 90-day public comment period designed to provide the opportunity for the State Mining and Geology Board to receive technical review comments that may have a bearing on the proposed Earthquake Fault Zone maps.  Comments should be sent to the State Mining and Geology Board before September 2, 2015.  Comments should be addressed to:

Stephen Testa, Executive Officer
State Mining and Geology Board
801 K Street, MS 20-15
Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 322-1082
smgb@conservation.ca.gov

  • Preliminary Review Maps of proposed new and revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones were released on June 4, 2015 to Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties by the California Geological Survey (CGS).  These maps are released under the authority of the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning (AP) Act that was passed following the 1971 San Fernando earthquake.  The AP Act is a state law designed to reduce the hazard from surface fault rupture during an earthquake. Earthquake Fault Zones are regulatory zones that encompass surface traces of active faults that have a potential for future surface fault rupture. 

     Review Comment Period

     The June 4, 2015 release date begins a 90-day public comment period designed to provide the opportunity for the State Mining and Geology Board to receive technical review comments that may have a bearing on the proposed Earthquake Fault Zone maps.  Comments should be sent to the State Mining and Geology Board before September 2, 2015.  Comments should be addressed to:

Stephen Testa, Executive Officer
State Mining and Geology Board
801 K Street, MS 20-15
Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 322-1082
smgb@conservation.ca.gov

  • Preliminary Review Maps of proposed new and revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones were released on June 4, 2015 to Orange County and the cities of Brea and Yorba Linda by the California Geological Survey (CGS).  These maps are released under the authority of the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning (AP) Act that was passed following the 1971 San Fernando earthquake.  The AP Act is a state law designed to reduce the hazard from surface fault rupture during an earthquake. Earthquake Fault Zones are regulatory zones that encompass surface traces of active faults that have a potential for future surface fault rupture. 

     Review Comment Period

     The June 4, 2015 release date begins a 90-day public comment period designed to provide the opportunity for the State Mining and Geology Board to receive technical review comments that may have a bearing on the proposed Earthquake Fault Zone maps.  Comments should be sent to the State Mining and Geology Board before September 2, 2015.  Comments should be addressed to:

Stephen Testa, Executive Officer
State Mining and Geology Board
801 K Street, MS 20-15
Sacramento, CA  95814
(916) 322-1082
smgb@conservation.ca.gov

  • On May 28, 2015, the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to the designation of mineral lands in the Stockton-Lodi Production-Consumption Region.  This regulatory action will become effective July 1, 2015.  The Final Statement of Reasons may be found here.
  • At its March 12, 2015 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted the 2015-16 Strategic Plan.
  • On March 30, 2015 the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara Production-Consumption Region. This regulatory action will become effective July 1, 2015.  The Final Statement of Reasons may be found here.
  • At its March 12, 2015 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted regulatory language pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the North San Francisco Bay Production-Consumption Region.          

 

Meeting Information

  • The August 13, 2015 committee and regular business meetings will be held in Sacramento.  The Agenda notices can be found here and staff reports will be available no later than Friday, August 7.
  • The June 11, 2015 committee and regular business meetings were held in Sacramento.  The Agenda Notices and Staff 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".

The SMGB's Bylaws can be found here.



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