Charlotte engineer Steve Rowlan will be the next chairman of the state Environmental Management Commission, which makes rules for air and water.
Rowlan is director of environmental affairs for Nucor, a Charlotte steel company. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him to the 15-member commission in December.
The EMC will start an annual rotation of the chairmanship, a time-consuming role, in February. Gerard Carroll, also of Charlotte, has served as chair since March and will remain a member of the commission.