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Shuttle Paperwork Discovered At Paper Recycling Plant

September 18, 1987

HOUSTON (AP) _ FBI agents are looking through dozens of space shuttle documents discovered by a paper recycler.

″At first glance, I don’t see a federal violation,″ FBI spokesman Charles Kearney said Thursday after informed of the discovery by William Rosch III, an attorney for Steve Wickett, who owns the recycling company Delta Fibers.

Wickett, of La Marque, this week found training manuals and technical drawings dated 1979 to 1985. The papers weighed about 50 pounds and filled two cardboard boxes.

Terry White, a spokesman for NASA at the Johnson Space Center, called Wickett’s concern that the documents were secret a ″tempest in a Dumpster.″

White said none of the material was stamped ″secret″ or ″confidential″ and appeared to be paperwork given to reporters prior to shuttle missions.

White said any classified material to be disposed of from the space center would be handled by security and shredded or burned.

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