The United States Postal Service (USPS) main post office and distribution facility at 715 NW Hoyt Street in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Tony Webster

USPS faces lawsuits from 16 states

16 states and several environmental groups are planning to sue the United States Postal Service (USPS) over a proposed purchase of gas-powered trucks.

Sixteen states and several environmental groups filed lawsuits Thursday against the United States Postal Service over its decision to replace its existing mail delivery vehicles with thousands of gasoline-powered trucks.

The suits allege that the agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impact of their proposed decisions.

Environmental advocates are calling for the USPS to adopt more battery electric vehicles as an alternative.

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