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The Department of Conservation (DOC) has various levels of enforcement responsibility in these areas:

State Mining and Geology

The State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) represents California's interests in the development, use, and conservation of mineral resources, and the reclamation of mined lands. It also develops geologic and seismic hazard information, and provides a forum for public redress.
Regulations of the State Mining and Geology Board


The Division of Recycling ensures compliance with the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. By performing payment monitoring, program reviews, audits, investigations, and training, DOC maintains the integrity of the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund, which supports environmental projects throughout the State.

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Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources

The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) regulates oil, gas, and geothermal well operations throughout the state. It administers laws for the conservation of petroleum and geothermal resources. DOGGR's mission is to prevent damage to life, health, property, and natural resources by ensuring that wells are properly drilled, operated and maintained, and plugged when abandoned. DOGGR's regulatory activities include oil, gas, and geothermal well permitting and testing; field inspections; environmental inspections; idle-well testing; inspection of oilfield tanks, pipelines, and sumps; hazardous and orphan well plugging; and subsidence monitoring.

Mine Reclamation

The Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR) assists cities, counties, state agencies and mine operators with reclamation planning to ensure compliance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975. The process of reclamation involves practices that maintain water and air quality, minimize flooding, and limit erosion and damage to wildlife and aquatic habitats. OMR regulates compliance by reviewing plans, reviewing annual reports for deficiencies, investigating complaints, and citing violations. OMR can revoke permits and shut down operations that violate statute.

Regulations of the State Mining and Geology Board