Thursday 16 states Sued the United States Postal Service A dilapidated delivery fleet Thousands of gas-powered delivery vehicles over the next 10 years, Claims that the agency does not properly explain the harm to the environment of the vehicle. They have joined the District of Columbia, New York City, and the Bay Area Organization. The environmental group and the labor group have filed separate proceedings.
The proceedings allege a serious flaw in the authorities’ environmental analysis to justify spending up to $ 11.3 billion on gas trucks that earn only 8.6 miles per gallon.
The post office has about 230,000 vehicles, accounting for about one-third of the country’s entire federal fleet.The plan to buy a gas truck was made by President Joe Biden. Vows to replace the federal fleet of 600,000 cars and trucks with electricity The government has promised to reduce the government’s carbon emissions by 65% by 2030. The government has promised to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by almost half by the end of 2010 and shift the economy to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Workers at the United States Postal Service (USPS) will load mail on a delivery truck outside the post office in Royal Oak, Michigan, on August 22, 2020.
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In February, the EPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality requested the Environmental Protection Agency to: Perform an updated and more detailed technical analysis We will hold a hearing about the plan.
But the post office later in the month Completed the final regulatory requirements It will allow it to take the first delivery of a new car next year. The agency’s plan is to convert only 10% of new trucks to electricity. This is well below the commitments from Amazon and UPS, which have large fleets.
The proceedings allege that the plan violates the National Environmental Policy Act and must be set aside. The proceedings allege that post office gas vehicles will stop states from fulfilling their own climate change pledges.
“The post office has a historic opportunity to invest in our planet and the future,” said Attorney General of California, Rob Bonta. Said in a statement.. “Instead, it doubles bad outdated technology in our environment and our community.”
“Once this purchase is complete, over the next 30 years, more than 100,000 new gas-breathing cars will be stuck in nearby streets, servicing homes throughout the state and across the country,” Bonta said. increase. “There is no reset button.”
Despite the rise in Electric car In recent years, the transportation sector has been one of the country’s largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for about one-third of total annual sales.
Kim Fulham, a spokesman for Japan Post, said the agency “conducted a strong and thorough review and fully complied with all NEPA-based obligations.”
“We have to make financially cautious decisions in introducing the new vehicles we need,” Frum wrote in an email. “We continue to look for opportunities to increase the electrification of our delivery fleet in a responsible manner, in line with our operational strategy, proper infrastructure deployment, and our financial position.”
Joining California in the lawsuit will be Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. , Vermont, Washington, and District Justice Secretary. Columbia City, New York City, Bay Area Air Quality Control District.
Two separate proceedings have been filed by the Environmental Group CleanAirNow, the Biodiversity Center, and the Sierra Club, with a legal representative from Earthjustice. And by the Natural Resources Defense Council with the United Auto Workers.