WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu February 23, 2012
US Postal Service Plans to Close Eight Processing Centers in the Bluegrass State
In a statement released today the US Postal Service says it will close eight mail processing centers in Kentucky, including locations in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, London, and Somerset. The processing work currently done at those centers will be processed at facilities in other cities in the future.
The announcement follows a five month period in which officials studied ways to cut spending across the nation. Postal officials have repeatedly stated that the decline in first class mail volume has led to significant losses. The Post Office says its most recent quarterly loss, nationwide, hit $ 3.3 billion. Across the nation, the cost-cutting move could impact up to 250 processing centers.
However, the closures can't take place immediately. Postal Service Spokesman David Walton says a moratorium on closures is in effect, due to a December agreement with Congress not to close any facilities until after May 15th.
Walton says the Postal Service is making its intentions known with today's announcement.
In Kentucky, the Postal Service plans to close a Nandino Boulevard facility in Lexington, and mail processing facilities in Bowling Green, Campton, Elizabethtown, Hazard, London, Paducah, and Somerset.