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Calendar in April 2004

On Apr 1-2, "Sino-Swedish Environmental Forum on Urban Environmental Management and Sustainable Development" co-organized by SEPA and Ministry of Environment of Sweden was held in Guangzhou.

On Apr 1-9, Pan Yue, vice minister of SEPA, made a visit to Canada and America upon the invitation of Environmental Ministry of Canada and US Environmental Protection Agency. During his stay, Vice Minister Pan Yue held a discussion with Mr. John Turner, assisstant secretary of state of US and attended Global Environmental Trade Exhibition in Vancouver.

On Apr 2, SEPA issued a circular to adjust inter-ministerial joint conference system for nationwide environmental protection [Reference No.51(2004]).

On Apr 5-6, National Pollution Prevention and Control Working Conference was held in Beijing.

On Apr 13, announcement on the issuance of three industry standards for environmental protection including "Guidelines for Chemicals Testing HJ/T 153-2004", "Guidelines for Hazards Evaluation of New Chemical Substances HJ/T 154-2004" and "Guidelines for Labs Testing Qualified Chemical Substances HJ/T 155-2004" was made by SEPA [Reference No.66(2004)].

On Apr 14, "Circular on the Announcement of Units with Special Qualification Certificates of EIA for Construction Projects of Disposal Facilities for Hazardous Wastes, Medical Wastes and Radioactive Wastes Storages" was issued by SEPA [Reference No.54(2004)].

On Apr 14, Mianyang was awarded the title of national model city for environmental protection by SEPA [Reference No.55(2004)].

On Apr 14, "Circular on Recommending the Third Batch of Advanced Schools for Establishment of National Green Schools" was jointly printed and distributed by SEPA and Ministry of Education [Reference No.65(2004)].

On Apr 14, "Circular on Conducting Special Action of 'Checking Radioactive Sources and Ensuring Public Health'" was printed and distributed jointly by SEPA, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Public Health [Reference No.56(2004)].

On Apr 15, "Technical Principle on Environmental Impact Assessment for Construction Projects of Disposal Facilities for Hazardous Wastes, Medical Wastes (on trial)" was printed and distributed by SEPA [Reference No.58(2004)].

On Apr 16, "Circular on Conducting Special Action of 'Rectifying Enterprises with Illegal Discharge and Ensuring Public Health'" was printed and distributed jointly by SEPA, State Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Supervision, State Administration of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Justice and State Administration of Work Safety [Reference No.57(2004)].

On Apr 20, 2004 National Video-phone Conference on Special Action of "Rectifying Enterprises with Illegal Discharge and Ensuring Public Health" was convened jointly by SEPA, State Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Supervision, State Administration of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Justice and State Administration of Work Safety. Priorities and scope of special action were identified on the conference.

On Apr 20, SEPA, Ministry of Supervision, Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Agriculture jointly issued a circular to conduct concerted law execution inspection on marine environmental protection [Correspondence No.111(2004)].

On Apr 20-21, OECD Environment Ministers' Meeting was convened in Paris, France. Wang Qingfang, vice minister of SEPA reviewed the disposal technology for hazard and medical wastes and wastes recycling technology in France and Austria.

On Apr 21-23, the National Professional Style Construction Conference in Environmental Monitoring System was held in Changsha, Hunan Province.

On Apr 24, the Third "Green China" Forum was held in Beijing.

On Apr 25, Zhu Guangyao, vice minister of SEPA and Thomas Novotny, vice minister of Environmental Ministry signed "Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation between the State Environmental Protection Administration of the People's Republic of China and the Environmental Ministry of the Republic of Czech" in the People's Great Hall of Beijing.

On Apr 26, SEPA and Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Health jointly convened video-phone conference to carry out special action of "Checking Radioactive Sources and Ensuring Public Health".

On Apr 27, "Implementing Proposals on Conducting Democratic Appraisal on Professional Working Style for Environmental Protection System" was printed and distributed jointly by SEPA and Office of Rectifying Professional Malpractices of the State Council [Reference No.64(2004)].

On Apr 26-27, the National Environmental Supervision Conference was held in Beijing.

On Apr 30, Bayer Wuxi Leather Chemical Co., Ltd., Shandong Lubei General Company of Enterprise Group, Qingdao Port (Group) Co., Ltd., Gold East Paper (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. were awarded the title of National Environment-friendly Enterprises. Jintan, Liyang, Wuxi were conferred the title of National Model Cities for Environmental Protection [Reference No.70,71,72,73(2004)].

On Apr 30, "Circular on Carrying out 'Implementing Outlines to Push Forward Administration According to the Law'" was printed and distributed by SEPA [Reference No.74(2004)].

On Apr 30, SEPA printed and distributed a circular to issue "Technological Requirements for Construction of Treatment Project for Safe Landfill of Hazardous Wastes" [Reference No.75(2004)].

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