On November 9, 2023, JD Solomon was elected chair of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. The chair is chosen by the member of the Commission under new statutes passed by the General Assembly. Solomon previously served as chair from late 2016 to early 2019 under two different governors.
The Environmental Management Commission is a 15-member commission appointed by the Governor, the Senate Pro Tempore, the Speaker of the House, and the Agriculture Commissioner. The Commission is responsible for adopting rules for protecting, preserving, and enhancing the state's air and water resources.
Commission members are chosen to represent various interests, including the medical profession, agriculture, engineering, fish and wildlife, groundwater, air and water pollution control, municipal or county government, and the public at large.
The Commission oversees and adopts rules for several Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) divisions, including the Divisions of Air Quality, Land Resources, Solid Waste, and Water Resources.