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.


Chair: John Dane III (Fifth District)

Vice Chair: Brenda Lathan (Second District)

Jack Winstead (Third District)

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

Jamie Martin (Fourth District)

Patrick L. Johnson, Jr. (First District)

Chat Phillips (At-Large)

Meeting Date, Time, and Location

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

The March 26, 2020, meeting of the Commission on Environmental Quality has been cancelled.

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

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


Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality Orders

To request archived Commission Minutes contact the Public Records Officer.