Permit Board

The Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board takes action on permits administered through MDEQ. The Permit Board issues, reissues, modifies, denies, transfers, and revokes Mississippi permits and certifications administered under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, state mining laws, and state water resource control laws.

The membership of the Permit Board is set by statute. Seven of the Permit Board members serve by virtue of the state office they hold. The remaining two members are appointed by the Governor and must be a retired professional engineer and a retired water well contractor.


The MDEQ Permit Board Meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 9:00am.

Permit Board Members:

Chair: David Snodgrass
Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board
Designee for Jess New, Director

Vice Chair: David Dockery
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Director of Office of Geology

Doug Mann
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
Designee for Sam Polles, Executive Director

Les Herrington
Mississippi State Department of Health
Director of Office of Environmental Health

Jennifer Wittmann
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Designee for Joe Spraggins, Executive Director

Chris McDonald
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
Designee for Andy Gipson, Commissioner

Chris Hawkins
MDEQ Office of Land and Water Resources
Designee for Kay Whittington, Director of Office of Land & Water Resources


The Permit Board routinely meets at 9:00 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the MDEQ Jackson Office.

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

To verify meeting dates and location,
call (601) 961-5101.