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Nevada leaders sign letter asking USPS to reverse Sacramento decision

USPS trucks parked in a line. The Postal Service is now taking orders for the government's free at-home COVID-19 test kits.
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State and federal leaders in Nevada have signed a bipartisan letter asking the United States Postal Service Board of Governors to reverse a decision to move Reno’s mail processing operations to Sacramento.

Opponents of the plan fear transporting mail more than 100 miles back and forth over the Sierra Nevada Mountains would increase delivery delays, especially during bad weather.  

The letter accuses the USPS of not doing their due diligence to study the impact of a proposed nationwide overhaul of the postal service.

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Specifically, it says USPS hasn’t produced any Nevada-specific data to justify the closure of Reno’s mail processing center, which handles mail for much of Northern Nevada.

The letter was signed by Democratic U-S Senators Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto as well as Northern Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei and Governor Joe Lombardo, both Republicans.

It also calls into question Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s leadership, arguing that making these changes would be a “tacit affirmation of Mr. DeJoy’s negligent and careless decision-making.”

The postal service says it has no plans to reconsider the reorganization, but will delay the transition until next January to avoid interfering with the 2024 general election.

Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.
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