Updated Thu, Sep 15, 2011 2:21 pm
Four mail processing facilities in West Virginia are on the Postal Service's review list for possible closure.
Facilities in Bluefield, Clarksburg, Parkersburg and Petersburg are among 252 nationwide that will be reviewed over the next three months. That's in addition to about 3,700 local post offices nationwide that also are being reviewed for closure, including 150 in West Virginia.
The Postal Service said Thursday that it also plans to reduce service standards for first-class mail.
The steps are part of a broad effort to cut costs.
The agency lost $8.5 billion last year and is facing more red ink this year. Over the last five years, mail volume has declined by more than 43 billion items.