Update: Lexington's Mail Processing Center Spared For Now

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 5/17/2012 9:38 pm
The U.S. Postal Service has decided to keep its Processing and Distribution Center in Lexington open for now.

The facility was on the list of 250 distribution centers to be closed over the next two years, including 48 this summer.

This does not mean the facility is in the clear.  The USPS will re-evaluate the situation early next year. 

Other centers in Kentucky weren't as lucky.  Facilities in Somerset and London are still slated for closure. 

The Postal Service said the closures are due to their near-bankrupt status:cutting the centers will cut about 250 billion dollars from the budget.

Congressman Ben Chandler issued a statement Thursday about the Lexington being taken off the chopping block:

"Central Kentucky relies on the Lexington Processing and Distribution Center for timely mail service, and I am very pleased the facility is not on the list of consolidations the Postal Service just released. The Postal Service still has operating concerns that it needs to address, but I am glad it will not be at the expense of our region and the people who work at the Lexington facility."

It is still unclear when the other Kentucky distribution centers will be closed.
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