State Officials Criticize USPS for Hampden Plant Closure 

About 180 workers at the Hampden Mail Processing facility could be out of a job.The United States Postal Service announced Thursday it will consolidate the facility with one in Scarborough.USPS Chief Operating Officer, Megan Brennan, said the merger is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable.According to spokesman, Tom Rizzo, no consolidation or closing of any postal facility will happen before May 15.The postal service has said the consolidation will save them $8 million a year, but state officials are criticizing the move.Senator Susan Collins called the move an ill-conceived plan that will lead to delivery delays and jobs lost, while Senator Olympia Snowe said the facility is a lifeline for families and businesses across the state and is astounded by the decision.