Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 19, 2011

Closure of Bluefield’s Mail Processing and Distribution Center placed on hold

BLUEFIELD —  The planned closure of Bluefield’s Mail Processing and Distribution Center has been placed on hold, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., both confirmed Monday.

“This morning, the postal service confirmed that its moratorium will postpone the closure of the Bluefield mail processing facility at least until May 15, 2012.,” Rahall said. “The Postal Service declined to say how long past May 15 the facility would continue operating. While this is a positive development and gives us some additional breathing room, it may be just a short-term reprieve for Bluefield’s residents and businesses, so we should use this time to redouble our efforts in opposing the closure of the processing center and our other valued postal facilities that help to keep the mail moving and commerce flowing for our families and local businesses.”

The moratorium requested by Rahall and Rockefeller, calls for a six-month delay on all postal closures while postal officials take a second look at previously planned consolidations and closures.


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