The Supreme Court this week handed down a decision in Winters v. National Resources Defense Council, a case revolving around the Navy’s use of sonar and its impact on the environment. The Court ruled 7-2 that the Navy was justified in the use of a particular form of sonar and that the impact on the environment was negligible.
Chief Justice Roberts authored a majority opinion and was joined by Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito. Justice Breyer authored an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part which Justice Stevens joined in part. Justice Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion and was joined by Justice Souter.