The Postal Service and the White House are Fighting Over How Many Electric Vehicles to Buy

The Biden administration is ramping up pressure on the U.S. Postal Service to buy an electric vehicle fleet, sharply criticizing the mailing agency for flouting its required due diligence and failing to adequately account for its environmental impact.

In separate letters on Wednesday from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency, Biden administration officials called on USPS to formally reassess its rationale for replacing 165,000 trucks and vans with internal combustion engine vehicles that have virtually no improved fuel economy from the decades-old vehicles it currently uses. Postal management’s process to date has violated the National Environmental Policy Act and CEQ regulations, EPA Associate Administrator Vicki Arroyo said.

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