Description: Lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Postal Service failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act in connection with the Next Generation Delivery Vehicles program to replace its fleet.
California v. U.S. Postal Service
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/28/2022 Complaint Download Complaint filed. NEPA Lawsuit Challenged Postal Service Plan for New Vehicle Fleet. Sixteen states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District filed a lawsuit in federal district court in the Northern District of California alleging that the U.S. Postal Service failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in connection with its Next Generation Delivery Vehicles program, which would replace the Postal Service’s fleet with up to 90% internal combustion vehicles and at least 10% electric vehicles. The plaintiffs alleged that the Postal Service violated NEPA by awarding a contract and issuing a task order prior to initiating the NEPA review. They also asserted that the Postal Service failed to analyze reasonable alternatives and failed to take a hard look at environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions. The state plaintiffs also alleged that the Postal Service failed to consider its plan’s inconsistencies with state and local laws and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption and to electrify the transportation sector.