A federal court in Oregon has rejected challenges to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) approval of a bridge over the Columbia River. Thompson Metal Fab, Inc. v. DOT, No. 3:12-cv-01175 (D. Ore. 3/12/13). Plaintiff Thompson Metal challenged the DOT record of decision under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), asserting that the bridge was too low and would interfere with its transportation of products on the river. The court agreed with DOT that Thompson Metal lacked standing to pursue its claims because they were strictly limited to business interests. Although Thompson Metal asserted that its business concerns were intertwined with the environmental issues relating to the Columbia River, the court held that its claim did not fall within the zone of interests that NEPA protects.