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Kansas City group among those suing U.S. Postal Service over plans to buy polluting trucks

FILE - A USPS employee works outside post office in Wheeling, Ill., Dec. 3, 2021. A government watchdog said says the U.S. Postal Service's environmental evaluation used for purchases of next-generation delivery vehicles relied on some false assumptions. Jill Naamane from the Government Accountability Office told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday that the analysis used to determine the mix of gas- and electric-vehicles overstated maintenance costs of electric vehicles and relied on gas prices that don’t reflect the current reality. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
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Opponents of the Postal Service purchasing thousands of new combustion vehicles say its time for a fully electric postal fleet.

CleanAirNow KC has joined 16 states and other environmental groups in lawsuits to stop the USPS from buying thousands of gasoline-powered trucks.

The U.S. Postal Service intends to purchase 165,000 new mail delivery trucks that get 8.6 miles per gallon, less than a Ford F-150 pickup.

Environmental groups along with 16 U.S. states are fighting the move in three separate lawsuits against the Postal Service.

Adrian Martinez is a senior attorney with Earthjustice's Right To Zero campaign. He believes the Postal Service's environmental review was neither robust nor thorough in its analysis, and argues it was ultimately unlawful.

Additionally, he says it is time for the mail service to electrify its fleet.

"There are very few places where electric vehicles make more sense than postal delivery trucks," he says. "They go very few miles each day, they have short routes, and they can charge at night when they're at their depot."

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