Rahall Calls for Review of Huntington, Beckley Postal Closures

Rahall Calls for Review of Huntington, Beckley Postal Closures

WASHINGTON, D.C. (HNN) – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) today appealed to the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission to review the Postal Service’s process for consolidating and suspending mail services in southern West Virginia.

“The people of southern West Virginia deserve regular and effective mail services like everyone else,” Rahall wrote in letters to the Commission.  “I urge the Postal Review Commission to review the Postal Service’s compliance with applicable laws in its closure and consolidation processes, and to provide recommendations to the Congress to ensure fairness and equity for the people of rural communities.”

 

The Commission is an independent agency that exercises oversight of the Postal Service, and is conducting a review of postal operations.  In his letters to the Commission, Rahall cited the suspension of services at the Hacker Valley Post Office, and the consolidation of mail processing operations from the Beckley and Huntington Processing and Distribution Facilities to the Charleston Processing and Distribution Center.

 

“The law requires the USPS to ‘provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to rural areas, communities, and small towns where post offices are not self-sustaining’ – in other words, whether you live in the great metropolitan cities, or in a small rural community in southern West Virginia, the law guarantees reliable and effective mail services for everybody.  The Postal Service must not forget that,” wrote Rahall.

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