Report: U.S. Participation in Operation Morning Light

Michael Morisy filed this request with the National Nuclear Security Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

U.S. Participation in Operation Morning Light
March 1981
document NVO-223
(Operation Morning Light was to clean up the debris from a radioactive Russian satellite)

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Morisy

From: (G) FOIA Services

Dear Michael Morisy,

Thank you for your recent FOIA request. You requested the following:

U.S. Participation in Operation Morning Light
March 1981
Document NVO-223
(Operation Morning Light was to clean up the debris from a radioactive Russian satellite)

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