West Virginia names new air quality director

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is tapping William “Fred” Durham as its director for the Division of Air Quality.

The appointment by Department Secretary Randy Huffman is effective July 1. Durham has served as acting director since Feb. 28, when the former director retired.

Durham served as both the division’s deputy director and assistant director of planning for the past five years. He has worked with the division since 1992.

Durham has been the main liaison for transportation air quality planning with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highways Administration and various West Virginia metropolitan transportation planning organizations.

Before joining the Division of Air Quality, Durham worked in a high-tech segment of the petroleum industry. He is a Georgia Institute of Technology physics graduate.

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