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Rochester processing center on Postal Service chopping block


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The U.S. Postal Service has made a major announcement that could change the way we rely on the mail.

Monday morning, the Postal Service said it wants to move quickly to close 252 mail processing centers and slow First Class delivery next spring because of steadily declining mail volume.

The processing center on Valley High Drive NW in Rochester is among those that could potentially close.

Postal Service Vice President David Williams said the agency wants to virtually eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next today to help avert possible bankruptcy in 2012.

Williams also said the agency is not "writing off First Class mail," but it must respond to new market realities in which people are turning more to the Internet for email communications and bill payment.

After reaching a peak in 2006, First Class mail volume is now at 78 million, and is projected to drop in half by 2020.


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