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Military Munitions Support Services - Q/A Seeding

Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Archived: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Contractor performance metrics are measured by two blind seeding systems on Munitions Response (MR) projects - Quality Assurance and Quality Control. Quality Assurance (QA) seeding is the primary quality system used by the Government to independently check the Contractor's performance at MR sites. QA seeding consists of Government personnel (or a third-party QA Contractor) burying blind seeds at depths and in locations that allow for easy detection. Whereas the Quality Control (QC) seeding is implemented by the Contractor to continually test the depth of detection of their instruments and verify coverage. While QC seeding is generally a larger program with a higher density and variety of blind seeds, it is operated by the Contractor and can present a potential conflict of interest of performance by either not having or not abiding by a firewall plan. Outside of the initial input into the development of the UFP- or AGC-QAPP, the QC seeding program is reported to the Government and taken at face value. The Range Support Center has several challenging projects that overcame significant hurdles to their quality systems, both QA and QC. This M2S2 webinar will present project case studies and introduces a new template for use in scoping a QA seeding program.


1:00 - 1:10
Welcome & Introduction
Jeff Brewer, EM CX; Jean Balent, EPA

1:10 - 1:20
Range Support Center Introduction
Nicholas Kent

1:20 - 1:50
QA Seeding Template and Seeding MATOC
Cheryl Webster

1:50 - 2:20
Updates to the MR QAPP Guidance
Nicholas Kent

2:20 - 2:50
QA Seeding Challenges Encountered on RSC Projects
Dr. Lewis Hunter

2:50 - 3:15

3:15 - 3:45
QA Seeding Challenges Encountered on RSC Projects
Kyle Lindsay

3:45 - 4:15
Designing a QASP to Evaluate Contractor Performance
Nicholas Kent

4:15 - 4:45
Post Remedy Assessment vs Remedial Technology
Dr. Cory Koger

4:45 - 5:00
Questions and Open Discussion
Jeff Brewer/All

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Nicholas Kent, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (

Cheryl Webster, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (

Dr. Lewis Hunter, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (

Kyle Lindsay, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (

Dr. Cory Koger, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (


A photograph of Jeff BrewerJeff Brewer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, EM CX ( or 256-895-1504)
Mr. Brewer has worked in the Ordnance and Explosives field since 1992. In his current position as an OESS with the EM CX in Huntsville, AL, Mr. Brewer supports multiple agencies performing independent technical reviews for safety submissions, work plans and remedial response reports. He is also a member of the EMCX training team, providing instruction on ordnance and explosives subject matter for FUDS Program, Army Environmental Command, the Army National Guard, M2S2 Webinar Series as well as OSHA HAZWOPER refresher training for USACE. Before coming to the EM-CX, Mr. Brewer was an OESS for USACE Baltimore District form 2006 to 2014. In 2001 he started working for the 20th Chemical Command on Edgewood Arsenal, MD, as a UXO Technician until 2006. Mr. Brewer has also served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician in the US Marine Corps and US Air Force Reserves.

A photograph of Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division ( or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

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