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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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  • The SMGB's Draft Amended Model Ordinance is available for review. Please note that the draft amendments essentially reflect changes in state law since the ordinance was last approved by the Board in May 1996. Please forward comments and feedback to the SMGB's Executive Officer, Stephen Testa, by Friday, June 5, 2015.
  • 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 May 14, 2015 committee and regular business meetings have been deferred until June 11, 2015.  The Agenda Notices for June will be available on May 27, 2015.
  • The  April 9, 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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