USA Statutes : nevada
Title : Title 46 - MINES AND MINERALS
Chapter : CHAPTER 514 - BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY
As used in this chapter, unless the
context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 514.005
and 514.007 have the meanings ascribed to them in those
(Added to NRS by 1997, 2977)
geologist” means a person who:
1. Possesses a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited
college or university with at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours
of course work in the science of geology and has at least 5 years of
experience in the science of geology, which may include no more than 2
years of postgraduate course work in the science of geology;
2. Has at least 12 years of experience in the science of geology,
at least 3 years of which must have been completed under the supervision
of a professional geologist; or
3. Is currently licensed or certified as a professional geologist:
(a) In another state; or
(b) By a national nonprofit geological organization with members in
at least 10 states who are licensed or certified,
Ê if the requirements for his current licensure or certification included
requirements at least equal to those set forth in either subsection 1 or
(Added to NRS by 1997, 2978)
“Science of geology”
1. General study of the earth, including its origin, processes and
2. Collection and investigation of specimens of the constituent
rocks, minerals, fossils, solids, mineralizing fluids, gasses and other
materials of the earth that are located from the center of the core of
the earth to the surface of the earth; and
3. Application of the knowledge set forth in subsections 1 and 2
for the benefit of the general public and the general welfare of this
(Added to NRS by 1997, 2978)
There is hereby established a Bureau
of Mines and Geology of the State of Nevada which shall be in the Public
Service Division of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
[Part 1:127:1935; 1931 NCL § 4311.01]—(NRS A 1971, 368; 1993, 411)
Members of the Board of Regents shall serve without compensation, but
shall be reimbursed for the actual expenses incurred in the performance
of their official duties.
[Part 1:127:1935; 1931 NCL § 4311.01]
1. The Board of Regents of the University of Nevada shall appoint
as Director a competent scientist or engineer, to be known as the
Director of the Bureau of Mines and Geology, who must be a:
(a) Graduate of a recognized college or university with a degree in
some branch of earth science or mineral engineering; and
(b) Professional geologist with expertise in the science of geology.
2. Upon the Director’s nomination, the Board of Regents of the
University of Nevada shall employ such assistants and employees as the
Board deems necessary.
3. The Board of Regents of the University of Nevada may also
determine the compensation of all persons employed by the Bureau of Mines
and Geology and may remove them at will.
[Part 1:127:1935; 1931 NCL § 4311.01]—(NRS A 1971, 369; 1993, 411;
The Bureau of Mines and Geology shall:
1. Serve as a bureau of information and exchange on Nevada mineral
industry, mineral resources and geology.
2. By questionnaire, field investigations, laboratory studies or
otherwise, conduct a thorough survey of the mineral resources and geology
of the State.
3. Apply geologic engineering principles to problems of
conservation, environment, construction, mineral industry and other
scientific matters that may be of importance to the welfare of the State.
4. Make studies of mineral materials to determine the most
economical and practical methods of concentrating and processing these
resources and to promote their conservation.
5. Collect, in collaboration with the Mackay School of Mines, a
library and bibliography of all literature pertaining to Nevada mineral
industry, geology and mineral resources.
6. Collect, in collaboration with the Mackay School of Mines,
typical geological and mineralogical specimens and models, drawings and
descriptions of appliances used in the mineral industry and earth
science. Collections of these materials may be maintained and displayed
elsewhere within or without the State.
7. Provide for the dissemination of information on the mineral
industry, geology and mineral resources of the State through lectures and
8. Consult with, advise and assist state and local governmental
agencies on geological problems of importance to the citizens of Nevada.
9. Consider such other kindred scientific and economic questions
as in the judgment of the Board of Regents shall be deemed of value to
the people of the State.
[2:127:1935; 1931 NCL § 4311.02]—(NRS A 1971, 369)
All departments of
the State Government shall render full cooperation to the Bureau of Mines
and Geology in the acquisition and compilation of all data required by
NRS 514.040 .
[3:127:1935; 1931 NCL § 4311.03]—(NRS A 1971, 370)
1. The Director of the Bureau of Mines and Geology, for and on
behalf of the State of Nevada, with the approval of the Governor, is
authorized to enter into agreements with the United States Geological
Survey for cooperation in investigating mineral and geological conditions
within the State and in the topographic and geologic mapping of Nevada.
The expenses of such work must be divided between the parties upon a
basis whereby the State of Nevada will not pay more than 50 percent of
2. Money necessary to carry out the provisions of this section
must be provided pursuant to NRS 519A.260 .
3. All claims against such money must be approved by the Director
of the Bureau of Mines and Geology, and, when thereafter approved by the
State Board of Examiners, must be paid in the same manner as other claims
against the State.
[1:40:1953] + [2:40:1953] + [3:40:1953]—(NRS A 1971, 370; 1995, 828)
1. The Board of Regents shall cause to be prepared before
September 1 of each even-numbered year a report covering the biennium
ending June 30 of such year, showing the progress and condition of the
Bureau of Mines and Geology, together with such other information as the
Board may deem necessary or useful, or as the Board may require.
2. The regular and special reports of the Bureau of Mines and
Geology shall be printed as the Board of Regents may direct, and the
reports may be distributed or sold by the Board as the interest of the
State or science may demand. All moneys obtained by the sale of such
reports shall be retained by the Bureau of Mines and Geology to be used
for costs of printing and distribution as the Board of Regents may direct.
[5:127:1935; 1931 NCL § 4311.05] + [6:127:1935; 1931 NCL §
4311.06]—(NRS A 1969, 1458; 1971, 370)
It shall be unlawful for the Director
or any attache of the Bureau of Mines and Geology:
1. To receive a commission or to act as agent or broker of or for
any purchaser, owner, or his or their agents, of a mining property.
2. To act in any other than a wholly impartial way while so
[4:127:1935; 1931 NCL § 4311.04]—(NRS A 1971, 370)