Seventeen AGs Filed Lawsuit Against USPS for Replacing Fleet with Gas-Powered Trucks

On April 27, California Attorney General Rob Bonta, New York Attorney General Letitia James, and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a coalition of 17 AGs in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for planning to replace the majority of its truck fleet with fossil-fuel powered vehicles. The AGs argue that this action violated the National Environmental Policy Act, since USPS committed to this plan before completing its environmental impact statement, and since the complete EIS “significantly underestimates the climate impacts of maintaining a massive fleet of gas-powered vehicles for potentially the next several decades, rather than electrifying its fleet in the near term.” The complaint also emphasizes the agency’s failure to consider the effects of this plan on environmental justice communities, given that many USPS distribution facilities are located in communities already overburdened by pollution.