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The saga of the USA Postal Service’s deliberate gas-guzzling fleet continues.

Sixteen states and two environmental activist teams—Earthjustice and the Pure Assets Protection Council—are suing the USPS to halt its buy of a fleet of of gas-guzzling mail vehicles. Postmaster normal Louis DeJoy has come underneath fireplace in current months for his choice to maneuver ahead with a contract for 165,000 new postal vehicles—90 % of which might run on gasoline and get simply 8.6 miles per gallon.

In their swimsuit, the environmental teams level out that DeJoy didn’t start an environmental evaluation of the contract till after the Postal Service had already issued a $483 million preliminary cost to Oshkosh Protection, the producer of the brand new vehicles. The Environmental Safety Company has contended that the evaluation itself was flawed.

“Electrifying the Postal Service fleet would cut back smog and particulate matter air pollution in almost each neighborhood in America,” the plaintiffs write. “Postal supply routes are stop-and-go by nature, which implies that gas-powered supply autos idle simply outdoors individuals’s houses for a lot of the day. This day by day air pollution impacts almost each single resident within the nation, however the dangerous results of this air pollution are felt most importantly by low-income communities of colour, which are sometimes pressured to breathe compounding sources of air pollution.”

Sixteen state attorneys normal filed a separate swimsuit arguing that the USPS’s plan would hinder their very own environmental objectives. “The Postal Service has a historic alternative to put money into our planet and in our future,” California lawyer normal Rob Bonta, who’s main the states’ swimsuit, mentioned in an announcement. “As a substitute, it’s doubling down on outdated applied sciences which might be unhealthy for our surroundings and unhealthy for our communities.”

In March, US consultant Gerry Connolly, of Virginia, launched a invoice that will require the USPS to decide to a brand new fleet of 75 % electrical autos, however the proposal hasn’t moved out of committee.

“As soon as this buy goes via, we’ll be caught with greater than 100,000 new gas-guzzling autos on neighborhood streets, serving houses throughout our state and throughout the nation, for the following 30 years,” Bonta mentioned. “We’re going to courtroom to ensure the Postal Service complies with the legislation and considers extra environmentally pleasant alternate options earlier than it makes this choice.”

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