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Calendar in Dec. 2007

On December 1, SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian met in Beijing with his Japanese Counterpart KAMOSHITA Ichiro. Both sides exchanged views on bilateral environmental cooperation.

On December 3, SEPA issued 19 national environmental protection standards, which will be effective as of March 1, including Technical Requirement and Test Procedures for Total Suspended Particulates Sampler.

On December 4, SEPA, NDRC and Ministry of Communications jointly issued the Circular on Enhancing the Environmental Impact Assessment of Road Planning and Construction.

On December 5, SEPA Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met in Beijing with U.S. governor of Massachusetts State Mr. Deval Patrick and his retinue.

On the same day, SEPA issued one of the national standards for environmental industry-Technical Guidelines for Environmental Protection in Ecological Construction Projects for Check & Accept Completed Project, which will be effective as of February 1, 2008.

During December 5 and 6, the 9th Tri-partite Environmental Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea was held in Toyama, Japan. SEPA Vice Minister Li Ganjie, Japan Environment Minister KAMOSHITA Ichiro and South Korean Environment Minister LEE Key-Yong presented at the meeting.

On December 7, SEPA held a news conference on issuing the Outline of the Plans on National Key Reserves of Ecological Functions and National Plan for Biological Species Resources Protection and Use (2006-2020). SEPA Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the news conference and delivered remarks.

On the same day, as approved by the State Council, SEPA and NDRC jointly printed and distributed National Plan on Nuclear Safety and Control of Radioactive Pollution (2006-2020).

On this day, SEPA also issued four national environmental protection standards, which will be effective as of March 1, 2008, including Technical Specifications for Emission Monitoring of Stationary Source.

On December 10, SEPA, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) jointly released Administrative Measures on National Pilot Eco-industrial Park (on trial).

On December 12, SEPA and State Archives Administration (SAAC) jointly issued Measures on the Administration of Archives for National General Survey of Pollution Sources.

On December 13, Asian Forum on Environmental Enforcement opened in Beijing. 150-odd government officials, experts and scholars from 13 countries and 12 international organizations attended the forum. SEPA Vice Minister Zhang Lijun was also presented and made a speech.

On December 14, the 2nd meeting of China-U.S. Joint Committee on Environmental Protection was held in Beijing. SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian and his U.S. counterpart Mr. Johnson co-chaired the meeting.

Also on this day, the awarding ceremony for "Green China 2007-Year of the Person" was held in Beijing. Nine people won this award including Prof. Zhang Xiaojian from Tsinghua University. Deputy Head of the Standing Committee of National People's Congress Xu Jialu and Vice Chair of CPPCC National Congress Bai Lizhen presented the ceremony and granted the awards to winners. SEPA Vice Ministers Pan Yue and Zhou Jian and heads from other ministries also attended the event.

Also on this day, SEPA issued two national standards for environmental industry, one of which was Equipment Specifications and Quality Control Requirements for In-use Vehicles Equipped with Compression Ignition Engine in Free Accelerating Smoke Test, about to be effective as of March 1, 2008.

Also on this day, SEPA approved to list Yongjing County in Gansu Province, Shuangliu County, Nanbu County and Hongya County of Sichuan Province as the sites for pilot projects on rural environmental protection.

On December 17, SEPA and China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) jointly printed and distributed Guidelines on Liability Insurance for Environmental Pollution.

On December 18, SEPA, State Tobacco Monopoly Administration and UNIDO held the Summary Meeting on Elimination of CFC-11 in Tobacco Industry. SEPA Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the meeting and delivered remarks.

On December 20, SEPA issued two of the national standards for environmental industry, which will be effective as of March 1, 2008, including Cleaner production standard-Tobacco industry. SEPA issued Directive Guide for Eco-industrial Parks Planning, which will be implemented as of April 1, 2008.

Also on this day, SEPA nominated the National Key Laboratory on Environment and Health for Huazhong University of Science and Technology and China Institution for Radiation Protection.

On December 21, SEPA printed and distributed Outline of the National Plan on Prevention and Control of Rural Environmental Pollution (2007-2020).

Also on this day, SEPA issued six standards including Technical Guidelines for Environmental Protection in Urban Rail Transit for Check and Accept of Completed Construction Project  and another five standards including Technical Requirement for Environmental Labeling Products-Copy Paper as the national standards for environmental protection, which will be effective as of April 1, 2008.

On December 23, the start-up ceremony of the second round of subsidy programme for the environmental public interests of university students, which was dubbed "On the Move-University Students Practicing Energy-saving and Emissions Reduction" and organized by China Environmental Protection Foundation, was unveiled in Beijing. Vice Chair of the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party and Vice President of the Foundation Wang Jirong and Vice Minister of SEPA Zhou Jian attended the ceremony.

On December 26, Premier Wen Jiabao chaired a meeting of the Standing Committee of the State Council, which considered and adopted in principle the implementation plans for three State Key S&T Programmes including the water pollution control and treatment programme.

Also on this day, the 3rd plenary meeting of National Advisory Committee on Environment and State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) Committee on Science and Technology was held in Beijing. SEPA Minister and Director of the National Advisory Committee on Environment Zhou Shengshan attended the meeting and delivered remarks. Vice Ministers Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian and Li Ganjie were also presented at the meeting.

Also on this day, SEPA issued Construction Index of Ecological County, Municipality and Province (amended) and Measures on Calculation of the Coefficient for Supervising the Reduction of the Total Amount of Major Pollutants (on trial).

On December 28, SEPA and Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND) jointly issued the Regulations on Supervision and Management of Design, Manufacture, Installation and Nondestructive Testing of Civil Nuclear Safety Equipment (HAF601), Regulations on the Qualification of Nondestructive Testing Persons for Civil Nuclear Safety Equipment (HAF602), Regulations on the Qualification of Welding Operator for Civil Nuclear Safety Equipment (HAF603) and Regulations on Supervision and Management of Imported Civil Nuclear Safety Equipment (HAF604), which will be effective as of January 1, 2008.

On December 29, SEPA, NDRC and other 5 ministries jointly issued Circular on Enhancing the Pollution Control in Rivers.

Also on this day, SEPA issued four of the national standards for environmental protection, which will be effective as of February 1, 2008, including Environmental Information Terminology

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