RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday that former Environmental Protection Agency deputy administrator Stanley “Stan” Meiburg has taken over as chairman of the state’s Environmental Management Commission.
The EMC adopts rules for protecting, preserving and enhancing the state’s air and water resources.
Meiburg, who currently leads Wake Forest’s Master of Arts in Sustainability graduate program and associated programs and works with the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, recently served as chair of the EMC’s Air Quality Committee. Meiburg replaced J.D. Solomon as chairman in February, and his term expires June 30, 2021. Solomon will continue to serve as a member of the panel continues until June 2019.
“We are grateful for Dr. Solomon’s leadership guiding the EMC to build a solid foundation for critical environmental stewardship decisions that will affect our state for generations to come. Dr. Meiburg is a proven leader in air and water protection, and his expertise will serve the people of North Carolina well in the coming term,” said Assistant Secretary for the Environment Sheila Holman.
In his 39 years with the EPA, Meiburg served as acting deputy administrator, deputy regional administrator of Region 4 (Atlanta) and Region 6 (Dallas), acting regional administrator in Regions 4 and 6, national EPA liaison to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Region 6 director of Air, Pesticides and Toxics Division. He also led work on the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments through EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
The Environmental Management Commission is a 15-member commission appointed by the governor, the Senate pro tempore and the speaker of the House. The EMC’s 2019 meetings are set for the second Thursdays of March, May, July, September and November.