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June 30, 2017

Sen. King balks at proposed cutback at Scarborough USPS site

A U.S. Postal Service proposal to scale back operations at the Scarborough Distribution Center drew a sharp rebuke from U.S. Sen. Angus King.

In a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, King said moving some equipment from Scarborough to Nashua, N.H., could result in less timely and efficient mail service in southern Maine.

"The APBS [automated parcel bundle sorter] sorts outgoing priority mail generated within Maine and outgoing first class parcels generated in the southern Maine service area," King wrote in a letter to Brennan released to the media on Thursday. "My concern is that such a move would result in delayed mail and reduced service standards, particularly during 'peak season.' Such a course of action cannot but raise the possibility of difficulty for Maine businesses who have come to rely upon USPS — as per previous promises and advertising — for vital delivery and customer satisfaction services."

In addition to moving equipment, the USPS also intends to remove first class next-day delivery from the Scarborough facility. This would lead to extra costs in priority overnight for Maine customers seeking fast delivery, King said.

The full text of the letter is available here.

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