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Calendar in July. 2008

On June 30, MEP issued the Guidance for the Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution in Earthquake Hit areas (on Trial).

On July 1, MEP issued the Circular on Further Strengthen the Examination of Clean Production of Key Enterprises in order to further play the important role of clean production in emission reduction and enhance the examination of clean production of key enterprises.

On July 2, a national teleconference of the first half of 2008 on the check and estimate of the reduction of total amount of major pollution emissions was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the meeting. The meeting conveyed the spirit of the 2nd meeting of the Leading Group of the State Council on Energy Saving and Emission Reduction and made arrangements for the check and estimate of the reduction of total emissions of the first 6 months of 2008. Staff of relevant departments of MEP, head of the organizations directly affiliated to MEP in Beijing, representative of Ministry of Supervision and specially invited experts attended the meeting at the main meeting venue. Head of environmental protection bureau and the leader responsible for emission reductions of each province (autonomous region or municipality) and Xinjiang Production Corps as well as the representatives of local leading group on energy saving and emission reduction attended the meeting at local meeting venues.

Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Ms. Fuller, DG of the Department of Coordination of GEF of UNEP in Beijing on July 2. They exchanged their views on the possibility of enhanced cooperation in the field of environmental protection.

On the same day, MEP issued the time limit for special national discharge limit of water pollutants in the Taihu Lake watershed, which will be put into effect as of September 1, 2008. On July 3, MEP issued the scope of administrative regions of the Taihu Lake watershed which shall meet the special national discharge limit of water pollutants.

On July 3, MEP  approved the Technical Specifications for Environmental Labelling Product--Building Decoration and Furnishing Projects as a national environmental protection standard.

On July 7, MEP issued the Guidance for the Prevention & Control of Trans-province Boundary Disputes on Water Pollution in order to effectively prevent & control trans-province boundary disputes on water pollution.

On July 8, the Second Awarding Meeting for National Environment-Friendly Projects was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Pan Yue addressed the meeting. Vice Minister Miao Yu of the Ministry of Industry and Information, Vice Minister Xu Zuyuan of Ministry of Ministry of Transport, Vice Minister Lu Chunfang of Ministry of Railways, Vice Minister E Jingping of Ministry of Water Resources, Vice Minister Huang Shuhe of the Commission of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration, Vice Director Qin Dahe of the Committee of Population, Resources and Environment of CPPCC, Vice President Shi Yubo of National Electricity Supervision Committee, Vice Governor Zhao Bin of Hubei Province and Vice Governor Liu Liwei of Hunan Province attended the meeting and awarded the winners. A total of 10 projects including the "Gormu to Lhasa Section of the Qinghai--Tibet Railway" got the award of "National Environment-Friendly Projects".

On July 8, "International Workshop on Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Environmental Protection" jointly organized by MEP and UNEP was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Zhou Jian of MEP addressed the meeting. Relevant officials and experts from UNEP, MEP and US EPA attended the meeting and had topic discussions.

On July 10, 2008 National Teleconference on the Special Environmental Protection Campaign on Streamlining the Enterprises in Violation of Environmental Laws and Safeguarding Public Health was held in Beijing. Upon the approval of the State Council, the meeting was jointly held by MEP, NDRC, Ministry of Supervision, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Buildings and Urban and Rural Construction, State Administration of Industry and Commerce, State Administration of Work Safety and National Electricity Supervision Committee. The Meeting summarized the achievements of the special environmental protection campaigns of the past 5 years and made specific arrangements for the campaign of this year and the next 5 years. Mr.Li Keqiang, Vice Premier of the State Council and Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of CCCPC gave an important instruction. Minister Zhou Shengxian of MEP, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun of MEP, Vice Secretary General Ma Liqiang of NDRC, Vice Minister Hao Mingjin of Ministry of Supervision, and Vice Minister Liu Yuting of State Administration of Industry and Commerce addressed the meeting. Vice Minister Sun Huashan of the State Administration of Work safety chaired the meeting. Other participants of the meeting included Vice Minister Chou Baoxing of Ministry of Buildings and Urban and Rural Construction, Chief Accountant Lu Chunquan of National Electricity Supervision Committee and a leader of Ministry of Justice.

MEP issued 10 national environmental standard specimens including acid rain standard sample on the same day.

On July 11, Vice Minister Li Ganjie of MEP met with Mr. Criny, DG of the Department of Environmental Study and Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Environment, Land and Seas of Italy, who came to attend the ceremony on donation of environmental protection for Sichuan quake-hit area under the framework of Sino-Italy Environmental Cooperation. They exchanged their views about future cooperation.

On the same day, the ceremony on environmental donation to Sichuan quake hit areas under the framework of Sino-Italy Environmental Cooperation was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Li Ganjie of MEP attended the ceremony. Italy donated about 1 million Euro dollars environmental monitoring vehicles and monitoring equipment urgently needed in post-quake environmental protection work.

On the same day, MEP issued a notice that requires all major pollution sources under national pollution control program strengthen their monitoring.

On July 18, French Veolia Environnement held a ceremony on donating 4 million Yuan to China Environmental Protection Foundation to support the reconstruction of environmental protection system in the quake-hit areas in Beijing. Vice Minister Zhou Jian of MEP attended the ceremony.

On the same day, MEP and Chinese Academy of Sciences issued the National Zoning of Ecological Function Areas. A news conference on national zoning of ecological function areas was held in Beijing on July 31. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing of MEP and Vice President Ding Zhongli of Chinese Academy of Sciences attended the meeting.

On July 24, National Teleconference on Rural Environmental Protection was held in Beijing. Mr. Li Keqiang, Vice Premier of the State Council and Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of CCCPC attended the meeting and gave an important speech. His speech identifies the main target on rural environmental protection in China and presented policy measures and requirement for strengthening rural environmental protection work. The meeting was chaired by Vice Secretary General Zhang Yong of the State Council. Minister Zhou Shengxian of MEP, Vice Minister Xie Zhenhua of NDRC and Vice Minister Zhang Shaochun of Ministry of Finance attended the meeting and gave a speech. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing of MEP attended the meeting, too. Heads of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Sichuan provincial governments introduced their practice and experience. Heads of relevant departments of CCCPC, NPC, the State Council and CPPCC as well as the Department of General Logistics of PLC attended the meeting at the main meeting in Beijing. Heads of each province, autonomous region, municipality and Xinjiang Production Corps as well as the main heads of each prefecture (city) and county (district) responsible for environmental protection attended the meeting at local meeting venues.

On July 24, MEP issued the Circular on Strengthen the Management of EIA Institutions and Staff in order to strengthen the management on EIA institutions and staff and promote healthy development of EIA institutions.

On July 28, MEP made public the emergency response measure for air pollution control under extreme weather conditions during 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games period.

On July 30, MEP made public the revised version of Emission Standard and Measuring Methods of Railway Noise on the Boundary alongside Railway Line (GB12525-90).

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