On May 8, SEPA issued the circular to publicize "Technical Requirement and Inspection Method for Auto Rainfall-sampler" and "Technical Requirement and Inspection Method for Auto Rainfall-monitoring Instrument"[Announcement No.17 in 2005].
On May 8, SEPA issued the list of the second group of units with qualification certificates for operation of environmental pollution control facilities in 2005[Announcement No.18 in 2005].
On May 9-10, the International Conference on Environment, Peace, Culture and Civilization Dialogue was convened in Teheran of Iran with participation of delegates from over 20 countries, internatioanl organizations, communions and NGOs. Vice Minister Wang Jirong of SEPA led the delegation to attend the meeting. During the meeting, Mrs. Wang Jirong met Ms. Massoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of Iran and President of Environmental Organization and held the related discussion.
On May 10, SEPA convened the press conference to announce 9 cases violating environmental laws in calcium carbide, ferroalloy and coking industries at cross-regions of Shanxi Province, Shaanxi Province and Inner Mongolia for the first time in 2005.
On May 14, the first national exam for professional qualification of EIA engineers was held with participation of 14000 examinees.
On May 17, President Hu Jintao met in the Great Hall of the People with Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. Minister Xie Zhenhua of SEPA also attended the meeting and signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Protection with Environment Minister Siv Fridleifsdottir of Iceland. On May 18, Minister Xie Zhenhua and Minister Siv Fridleifsdottir exchanged views on global environmental hot issues.
On May 17, Vice Minister Wang Jirong of SEPA met the delegation led by Mr. Brujas, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba. Both sides exchanged views on circular economy, Green GDP, pollution prevention and control laws and how to further strengthen cooperation in the field of environment.
On May 17, SEPA issued the circular to require to strengthen supervision and management on key thermal power desulfuration projects in "The Tenth Five-year Plan for Acid Rain and Sulfur Dioxide Prevention and Control in Two-controlled Zones"[Correspondence No. 176(2005)].
On May 17, "2005 Ford Auto Environmental Protection Prize" was launched in Beijing. Vice Minister Wang Yuqing and Mr. Qu Geping, Director of China Environmental Protection Foundation attended the initiating ceremony.
On May 18-19, the working conference on implemention of "Law on Water Pollution Prevention and Control" in Yellow River basin convened in Zhenzhou of Henan Province. Vice Minister Wang Jirong of SEPA presented and addressed the meeting.
On May 19, China ratified the "Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety".
On May 20, SEPA conferred the title of "National Model City for Environmental Protection" upon Fuyang City of Zhejiang Province[Reference No. 60(2005)].
On May 23, SEPA issued the circular to require 14 provinces to conduct special action on uranic radioactive pollution prevention and control including Liaoning Province[Reference No. 63(2005)]. ~20050524~On May 24, Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan met the delegation led by Mr. James L. Connaughton, Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality of the US White House. Minister Xie Zhenhua of SEPA held a talk with Mr. Connaughton. They exchanged views on climate change, sustainable development and clean energy and etc.
On May 24, SEPA conferred the title of "National Environmentally-friendly Enterprise" upon Baoshan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., Fujian Xuejin Beer Co., Ltd. and Fushi Xerox High-tech (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.[Reference No. 64(2005)].
On May 25, the First Greater Mekong Sub-regional Environmental Ministers Conference was held in Shanghai. Minister Xie Zhenhua and Vice Minister Zhu Guangyao led the chinese delegation to attend the meeting. The environmental ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma and Viet Nam also attended the meeting and the representatives from UNEP, the Asian Development Bank, WWF, IUCN, EU, the Mekong River Commission and SIDA presented the meeting.
On May 26, SEPA issued the circular to announce 2 industry standards for environmental protection including "Technical Requirements for Centralized Incineration Disposal Project Construction of Hazardous Wastes"[Announcement No.20 in 2005].
On May 31, SEPA decided to confer the title of "National Model City for Environmental Protection" upon Baoji City of Shaanxi Province[Reference No. 68(2005)].
On May 31, SEPA conferred excellent organization awards upon 90 units, the title of excellent leaders upon 164 individuals and advanced working staff upon 94 individuals in ecological demo-zone construction at national level[Reference No. 69(2005)].
On May 31, SEPA commended 112 advanced residential communities, 39 excellent organization units and 61 advanced individuals in the establishment of "Green Residential Communities"[Reference No. 70(2005)].
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