WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin filed an amendment Wednesday that would keep the Easton, Md., mail processing center from moving to Wilmington, Del.
The Democratic senator's amendment to the 21st Century Postal Service Act would prohibit postal processing facilities to be closed if the next closest center is over 50 miles away. The United States Postal Service said it might close the Easton center and move it to Wilmington, Del., which is about 80 miles away from the nearest center.
Cardin said he realizes the importance of the Easton facility in circulating mail in a timely fashion.
"I am determined to prevent the closure of the Easton processing center," Cardin said in a statement. "This center is critical to the efficient delivery of mail and its closures would seriously affect mail service in the eastern region of our state. I will fight any move to close the Easton facility because it is important to the prompt delivery of mail and is an important economic anchor in the region, providing good-paying jobs to Marylanders."
The Easton mail-processing center currently employs 125 workers and processes approximately 188 million pieces of mail each year. In February the USPS announced that the Easton facility is of one of 223 mail centers across the nation that may be shut down in the next three years.
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