The U.S. Postal Service could close an estimated 10 mail processing facilities in Pennsylvania under a proposal that would slow mail travel and eliminate next-day deliveries.

While a processing center in Horsham was included on the initial proposed closure list, as reported by the Associated Press earlier today, U.S. Postal Service spokesperson, Cathy Yarosky, confirmed Monday that facility was removed from consideration.

Yarosky added no other centers in Bucks or Eastern Montgomery counties were added or removed from the list.

The facilities slated for closure are mostly in major population centers across the state, including Pittsburgh, Scranton, Reading, Erie and Altoona.

The cash-strapped USPS is trying to cut $3 billion in costs while it struggled to avert bankruptcy amid increased competition that has seriously dented the amount of mail it handles.

The proposal would also close processing and distribution operations in Lancaster, New Castle, Williamsport and Chester County.

Under the proposal, the targeted facilities could be closed as early as next March. Because it would take mail longer to reach processing facilities, the USPS would drop next-day delivery from its standards for first-class mail.

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