Commission On Environmental Quality

The Commission on Environmental Quality is empowered to formulate department policy, enforce rules and regulations, receive funding, conduct studies for using the state’s resources, and discharge duties, responsibilities and powers as necessary.

The seven members are appointed by the Governor–one from each 1978 Congressional District and two at-large.  The members serve staggered, seven-year terms, and advice and consent of the Senate is required.


Chairman: Jack Winstead (Third District)

Vice Chairman: John Dane III (Fifth District)

Brenda Lathan (Second District)

W.J. (Billy) Van Devender (At-Large)

Jamie Martin (Fourth District)

Patrick L. Johnson, Jr. (First District)

Chat Phillips (At-Large)

Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality Orders

To access orders issued after January 2011, please click here.

Meeting Date, Time, and Location

The Commission routinely meets at 9:00 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.

August 22, 2019 Commission Meeting Telephonic Notice

To verify meeting dates and location,
call (601) 961-5001.

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
515 E. Amite Street
Jackson, MS 39201

To request archived Commission Minutes contact the Public Records Officer.