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Source: The Buffalo News

Closing of post office needs environmental review

Posted: January 23, 2012
Originally Published: January 21, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U. S. Postal Service’s proposal to close its William Street processing center in Buffalo violates the National Environmental Policy Act, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, said Friday.

The Postal Service hasn’t done the kind of environmental impact analysis required under the law, Higgins said as he asked the White House Council on Environmental Quality to notify the Postal Service of the violation.

“The Postal Service has arbitrarily chosen the Buffalo facility for closure,” Higgins said. “Their justification is nonexistent, their public notification is negligible, but they can’t ignore the undeniable environmental impact their actions would have and their legal obligations to review and report on that impact before making a decision.”

Brian Smith of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment agreed, saying the closure would mean mail trucks would have to driver farther.

“Increased truck traffic and the associated increase in harmful emissions warrants rigorous environmental review,” Smith said.