Sen. Collins cautions Postal Service about consolidating Maine’s two mail processing facilities

Steve HutkinsNews

pressherald: U.S. Sen. Susan Collins sent a letter Thursday to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy warning him that consolidating Maine’s two mail processing facilities would be disastrous.

But a Postal Service spokesman said there has not been any talk of closing facilities, only scrutiny of “how they can best be utilized.”

A news release from Collins’ office said the Republican senator sent the letter after the Postal Service announced it was conducting a study to see if it makes sense to consolidate operations in Scarborough and Hampden.

“This proposal jeopardizes the reliable delivery of medication for Mainers who rely on mail order pharmacies and deliveries from federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for their prescriptions, a critical concern for the oldest state in the nation,” Collins wrote. “In addition, residents will certainly see their local mail delayed.”

But Stephen Doherty, a regional spokesman for the Postal Service, disputed that there is any formal proposal.

“Regarding the inquiry from Senator Collins, the Postmaster General’s Office responds directly to congressional inquiries. That is not done through the media,” he said in an email.

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