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 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. A public hearing to receive comment is tentatively scheduled for March 13, 2014 in the City of Los Angeles. A release of the agenda is scheduled for February 20, 2014. All comments should be forwarded to Stephen Testa, Executive Officer, State Mining and Geology Board, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The SMGB's regulations pertaining to mandatory notification and recertification of amended surface mining ordinances were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on January 13, 2014 and will be effective April 1, 2014.
- The SMGB proposes new regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Bernardino Production-Consumption Region. The proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2014, No. 1-Z, and is available for public comment through February 17, 2014.
- The SMGB proposes new regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Palm Springs Production-Consumption Region. The proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2013, Volume No. 49-Z, and is available for public comment through January 20, 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 December 2012.
- 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, were approved by the Office of Administrative Law and will be 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.
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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