"RICHMOND, Va. — A divided panel of federal regulators granted approvals Friday evening for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines, major East Coast projects.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authorization had been widely expected by both supporters and opponents of the pipelines. The certificates granted by the commission came with dozens of conditions, and other necessary permits for both projects are still pending.
Both pipelines would start in West Virginia, carrying gas from the Appalachian basin to U.S. markets. Prominent business and political leaders in all three affected states back the projects, saying they will lower energy costs and boost economic development. But opponents, including environmental groups and landowners, say the projects will inWashington (CNN)The Environmental Protection Agency's acting science adviser is retiring, he told CNN Saturday.
Robert Kavlock, who also serves as acting assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development, will be leaving his position effective November 3, he said. He initially declined to explain the reasons behind his retirement, but in a follow-up email to CNN, he said he had worked at the agency for four decades "so it was not an early retirement." He added that "the time was right to go for a variety of reasons."
Kavlock, who has more than 33 years of scientific experience, previously directed the National Center for Computational Toxicology within ORD. He joined the EPA in 1977, according to his biography on the agency's website.fringe on property rights, damage pristine areas and commit the region to fossil fuels for decades."