William A. Burke, Ed.D., has been re-elected to an unprecedented eighth term as chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He is the longest serving chair in the agency’s history.
Following his reelection on Dec. 6, Burke announced the formation of two new advisory committees – one for the business community and the other for environmental groups – to solicit their concerns and share ideas. Burke also announced that SCAQMD will enhance public access to the agency by periodically hosting Board meetings in communities across the Southland.
During his tenure as chairman, Burke has initiated a number of landmark SCAQMD programs including Environmental Justice Initiatives, Asthma and Outdoor Air Quality Consortium, Brain & Lung Tumor and Air Pollution Foundation and the 2009 Helping Hand Initiative to protect both health and jobs during the economic downturn. Read more