Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2022)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the following statement in response to the Postal Service’s announcement that it will submit an updated environmental impact statement (EIS) for the acquisition of its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV):
“I am pleased that following my Committee’s hearing on the topic and requests for information, the Postal Service answered our calls and announced they will file a revised EIS that it expects to result in the purchase of additional electric vehicles.
“The Postal Service’s original EIS was deeply flawed, which is why I have been urging the Postal Service to issue a new EIS for months. Neither the Postal Service nor the American people can afford a gas guzzling postal fleet that will damage our environment when clean, electric vehicles are an option.
“In the meantime, I continue to have significant questions about the Postmaster General’s plans to consolidate Postal Service facilities and will be monitoring this closely to ensure that mail is delivered on time as the American people expect and deserve.”
On April 5, 2022, the Committee held a hearing that raised troubling concerns that the Postal Service used flawed assumptions in its environmental and cost analyses to justify the purchase of gas-guzzling delivery trucks rather than electric vehicles.
On May 11, 2022, Chairwoman Maloney sent a letter to the Postmaster General requesting information about the Postal Service’s acquisition of its NGDV and urging the Postal Service to issue a new EIS and to take steps to rapidly transition to an electric fleet rather than moving ahead with plans to buy tens of thousands of gas-guzzling trucks.