Discarded missile documents prompt reminder

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a job bulletin reminding contractors on the Fort Greely missile defense site that documents marked ''for official use only'' must be destroyed before being discarded.

The corps issued the bulletin after a KTVF-TV employee found construction blueprints in a commercial trash bin behind a Fairbanks printing company last month.

The corps bulletin said such documents must be shredded, burned or torn into enough pieces that they cannot be reconstructed and read. Subcontractors also can return documents to Fluor Alaska, the general contractor.

The plans discovered in the trash bin contained nothing that was classified as secret by the military, officials have said. The 144 pages, however, did have detailed information on wiring, plumbing and heating systems for much of the missile defense site.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said classifying such construction documents might be appropriate, given that ''times have changed'' and terrorism has become a much greater worry.

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