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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVVA) - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) has expressed concern about the U.S. Postal Service's announced discontinuance studies for eighteen post offices in southern West Virginia.  

"It's deeply disturbing to see so many discontinuance studies occurring at once," Rahall said in a press release.  "Of the twenty-seven discontinuance studies underway in West Virginia, two-thirds are happening in the southern counties." 

Of 31 discontinuance studies scheduled, six are in Raleigh County: Eccles, Amigo, Raleigh, Lanark, Glen White and Rhodell. Four are in McDowell County: Eckman, Elkhorn, Jenkinjones and Hensley. Other affected counties in WVVA's viewing area include: Pocahontas, Monroe, Greenbrier, Fayette and Wyoming counties in West Virginia and Giles and Buchanan counties in Virginia.

To see the complete list of discontinuance studies underway in the USPS Appalachian District, along with dates, times and venues for community meetings that have been scheduled, click here.

The studies do no guarantee a post office will be closed. The Postal Service performs discontinuance studies prior to proposing to close a post office.  Once proposed, the USPS must notify the affected public and hold a 60-day comment period.  Should the USPS decide to close a post office, the public has 30 days to appeal the decision to the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission.

The Postal Service also performs discontinuance studies prior to proposing to close a retail station or branch that supplements the operations of a Post Office. The same Federal Post office closing requirements do not apply to these subordinate facilities. However, when a station or branch is being considered for closure, current Postal Service rules require that the affected public be given 14 days notice to respond to questionnaires and 10 days notice of any public meeting announced for the purpose of discussing the proposed closure.

"We must take full advantage of our rights under the law to participate in the public comment process.  We need to speak with a united voice in demanding that our small businesses and residents not have to bear a disproportionate burden when it comes to postal closures and consolidations.  The Postal Service must fulfill its statutory obligation to provide mail and delivery services to rural, dispersed population areas as guaranteed by law."

 

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