The USPS has been sued by states and environmental groups over the purchase of 8.6 mpg trucks 2022-04-29 13:01:07


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The US Postal Service is facing lawsuits from 16 states and several environmental groups challenging its decision to buy tens of thousands of delivery vehicles that run on gasoline instead of electric cars.

Like Previously mentionedEnvironmental Protection Agency Says The gas-powered trucks ordered by the USPS are only expected to achieve 8.6 mpg (mpg), barely an improvement over the decades-old long-life vehicles that achieve 8.2 mpg. The USPS responded that vehicles get 14.7 mpg when no air conditioning is used and that the size of the trucks will make it possible to deliver the same amount of mail on fewer trips.

The USPS plan is to purchase 50,000 to 165,000 vehicles over 10 years. Of those, at least 10 percent are set to be battery electric vehicles (BEV). Amid controversy, the USPS last month She said Its initial order of 50,000 trucks for $2.98 billion will include more than 10,000 BEVs “for specific delivery routes that offer the best initial application for electric vehicles.”

a lawsuit California and 15 other states said Thursday that the USPS failed to “follow the process set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),” continuing:

Instead, the Postal Service first chose a manufacturer with minimal experience in producing electric cars, signed a contract, and made a large down payment for new cars. Only then did the Postal Service published a rapid environmental review to justify the decision to replace 90 percent of the delivery fleet with vehicles powered by fossil fuels and internal combustion engines, despite other available and environmentally preferable alternatives. In doing so, the postal service failed to comply with even the most basic requirements of NEPA.

Countries seek injunction

The lawsuit seeks an injunction forcing the USPS to stop purchases of the vehicle “until it complies with NEPA.” The lawsuit is being filed against the USPS and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed by the USPS Board of Governors in 2020 under then-President Donald Trump.

All 16 states implicated in the lawsuit have Democratic attorneys general. They claim that the USPS “violated a well-established legal precedent prohibiting an “irreversible and irreversible resource commitment” prior to completing the NEPA process by signing contracts with a defense company (Oshkosh Defense, LLC) to purchase vehicles six months prior to the release of its draft. Environmental Review and a year ago of the issuance of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (‘Final EIS’) and the record of the decision.”

The states also allege that the USPS failed to consider and evaluate reasonable alternatives. “Specifically, the Postal Service has not properly assessed many of the environmental impacts of its operation, including air quality, environmental justice, and climate damage, by assuming that any upgrade of its vehicle fleet would have positive environmental impacts,” the complaint said. .

The states also alleged that the USPS “failed to ensure the scientific integrity of its analysis by relying on unfounded assumptions regarding the costs and performance of electric vehicles, infrastructure, and gas prices, and refusing to identify the source of the data that was relied upon in the final EIS.”