Justice Amy Coney Barrett authors first SCOTUS ruling, sides against environmental group

Justice Amy Coney Barrett has authored her first ruling since joining the Supreme Court.

In a 7-2 ruling, the majority of justices sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service against the environmental group Sierra Club’s attempt to obtain documents concerning 2014 regulations related to power plants and other industrial facilities.

Barrett and the 5 conservative justices were joined by Justice Kagan. Liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Sotomayor dissented.

Per Reuters “the ruling in the Sierra Club case limited the scope of U.S. agency documents that would be subject to a federal law called the Freedom of Information Act, which lets people request certain government materials.”

“The group wanted access to internal documents concerning the Fish and Wildlife Service’s conclusion that a proposed environmental regulation for cooling water intake structures that are used by power plants and other industrial facilities would not adversely affect endangered species, including fish, turtles and shellfish,” the report adds.