The Fourth Eco-Fortune (China) Forum was held in Beijing from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, which was co-organized by Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences and Division of Environment, Light and Textile Industries Engineering of Chinese Academy of Engineering. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended the forum and made remarks.
A review meeting on science and technology award on environmental protection was held in Beijing from Aug. 31 to Sep. 1. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing, also Chair of the Award Review Committee attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Sep. 1, MEP and Ministry of Supervision, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection jointly held 2009 report meeting on law enforcement on EIA approval in Beijing. Fu Wenjuan, leader of Discipline Inspection Group of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in MEP and Fu Kui, Director of Law Enforcement Division, Ministry of Supervision attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Sep. 2, MEP held national work meeting on prevention and control of heavy metal pollution in Shaanxi Province, where participants studied the major instructions of the CPC Central Committee and the work on heavy metal pollution control. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian stressed that we should follow the guidance of the CPC Central Committee by putting heavy metal pollution control as our top priority, taking effective measures to control and address the issue and providing practical solutions to environmental problems threatening public health, in order to promote sustainable development of the economy and society and make contribution to safeguarding people’s health and environmental rights and interests. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun informed the meeting of related work on heavy metal pollution control.
On the same day, MEP and Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government signed a framework agreement on strategic cooperation on environmental protection in Xi’an. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Deputy Secretary of Shaanxi CPC Committee, also Shaanxi Provincial Governor Yuan Chunqing signed the agreement. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, member of the standing committee of Shaanxi Provincial Party Committee, Vice Provincial Governor Hong Feng attended the ceremony.
On the same day, MEP printed and issued Circular on Implementing and Strengthening Regulations on Environmental Impact Assessment of Plans.
On the same day, MEP published a notice on punishment of five companies including Tianjin Chentang Thermal Power Co., Ltd. for irregular operation of desulfurization facilities in 2008.
On Sep. 3, the national inter-ministerial joint meeting for environmental protection, also work meeting on water pollution control at upper and middle reaches of the Yellow River was held in Xi’an. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the meeting and made remarks. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun briefed the meeting on recent effort to control water pollution at the middle and upper reaches of the Yellow River. Principals from Shaanxi, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Henan, Gansu, Qinghai and Ningxia also introduced their work on water pollution control in the Yellow River basin. Participants making remarks also included representatives from NDRC, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Agriculture.
On the same day, MEP issued a notice on examination of license for operating pollution control facilities in order to strengthen supervision and management of the operation of pollution control facilities and standardize operation market.
On the same day, MEP issued a notice on launching national investigation of protector of γ irradiation facilities and irradiation safety, which aimed to ensure safe operation of irradiation facilities and reduce accidents.
On Sep. 4, MEP issued a notice on organizations approved in 2010 for processing and reusing imported waste hardware, electric wires and cables and engines at designated sites.
On Sep. 9, MEP approved Classification and nomenclature for environmental engineering technology as national standard for environmental protection, taking effect as of Dec. 1, 2009.
On the same day, MEP called for public comments on revising national environmental protection standard-Environmental Quality Standard for Soil.
On Sep. 11, Chine Environment News publicity work meeting and Forum of EPB Leaders was held in Shanxi Province. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue and Vice Governor of Shanxi Province Niu Renliang attended the meeting and made remarks. Participants of the meeting and the forum included heads of some provincial EPBs, staff in charge of communications and education of EPBs from all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities and principals of city-level (prefectures) and county-level (districts) EPBs.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met a US delegation headed by President of The Nature Conservancy, Mark Tercek, in Beijing. They exchanged views on furthering cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
On Sep. 14, High-Level Forum on Global Environmental Cooperation opened in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the forum and made a key-note speech. The forum was chaired by MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie. MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat Paul Horwitz and Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering Tang Xiaoyan were also present at the forum.
On the same day, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met visiting Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea, Ms. Stefania Prestigiacomo, and the delegation she led in Beijing. They exchanged views on Sino-Italian environmental cooperation, environmental technology transfer, 2010 Year of China in Italy and climate change. They signed a MOU on Environmental Cooperation between China and Italy.
On the same day, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea, Ms. Stefania Prestigiacomo, and Chair of Multilateral Fund Executive Committee, Mr. Husamuddin Ahmadzai, jointly unveiled the plaque to open the international environmental convention building.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met visiting delegation from Macao led by Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Lau Si Io, in Beijing. They exchanged views on issues of common concern such as study of general assessment and plan of Macao’s environment, transfer and management mechanism for hazardous waste, implementation of international environmental conventions and environmental industry.
On the same day, MEP called for public comments on Technical Policies for Prevention and Control of Domestic Pollution in Rural Area (draft) and Technical Policies for Prevention and Control of Pollution from Livestock and Poultry Raising (draft).
On Sep. 15, the environmental seminar for building a resource-efficient and environment-friendly society in Hubei and Hunan Province opened in Wuhan City. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended the opening ceremony and made remarks. Vice Governor of Hubei Province Zhao Bin made a speech.
On the same day, MEP also announced the models of new vehicles and engines meeting national vehicle emission standard.
On the same day, MEP invited public comments on Technical Specification for Wastewater Treatment Project of Electroplating Industry (draft) and Technical Specification for Wastewater Treatment Project of Butchery and Meat Processing Industry (draft).
From Sep. 14 to Sep. 16, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing led an investigation team to Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang Province to keep track of the implementation of national major program on pollution control and management of water body.
On Sep. 17, the 5th China International Forum on Environment and Development was held in Beijing. The forum was co-organized by Ministry of Environmental Protection and UNEP and hosted by All-China Environment Federation (ACEP). Leaders addressing the forum included Vice Chair of CPPCC, Zhang Rongming, Vice Chair of the standing committee of the 10th NPC, Gu Xiulian and the former State Councilor, Vice Chair of CPPCC and Chair of ACEP. MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian chaired the opening ceremony and Chief Engineer, Wan Bentai, as entrusted by Minister Zhou Shengxian, read out the keynote report.
On the same day, the 4th National Forum on Environment and Health, co-organized by MEP and Ministry of Health, was held in Guangzhou. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing gave an addressed at the opening ceremony.
On the same day, MEP issued a notice on establishing a leading group and office for environmental information technology development of MEP.
On Sep. 18, MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue wrote a letter to 2009 Grassroots Forum on Environmental Protection. He called on efforts to give full scope to the talent and strength of the masses to complete various environmental tasks in the new era and to actively explore an innovative path at grassroots level to environmental protection.
On the same day, an inauguration ceremony of Tsinghua-Suez Environment Environmental Science and Engineering Experiment & Practice Educational Laboratory was held at Tsinghua University. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing gave an address at the ceremony.
On the same day, MEP issued a notice on strengthening environmental management and registration of import and export of toxic chemicals and notice on circulating guidance on application of environmental technology guidelines in 2010.
On Sep. 21, MEP held a launching ceremony for preparedness of nuclear and radiation security against terrorism for the celebration of 60th anniversary of PRC. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie made a speech at the ceremony and Vice Mayor of Beijing, Huang Wei, attended the ceremony.
On Sep. 24, MEP held a national video conference on settlement of prominent issues in the field of construction and engineering. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing made remarks at the meeting. Head of the Discipline Inspection Group of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection based in MEP, Fu Wenjuan, also attended the meeting and made remarks. Officials in charge from the member organizations of the leading group and principals of affiliates attended the meeting at the main center. Staff in charge from local EPBs, the environmental protection bureau of Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps. and environmental supervision centers had the meeting at the branch meeting place.
On Sep. 25, the 2009 workshop of National Environmental Advisory Board and Science & Technology Board was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister and Chair of the Science & Technology Board Wu Xiaoqing addressed the meeting. Chief Engineer, also Vice Chair of the Science & Technology Board Wan Bentai presided over the meeting.
On Sep. 26, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, accompanied by Vice Governor of Jiangxi Province Sun Gang, visited Jiangxi Provincial EPB. He had talks with staff, listened to their work report and gave a report entitled Implementing the Principle of the 4th Plenary Session and Actively Exploring a Path to Environmental Protection with Chinese Characteristics under the Guidance of Ecological Civilization.
On Sep. 27, the Press Center for the Coverage of Events Marking the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of PRC held a news briefing on energy conservation and emission reduction and climate change adaptation in China. MEP informed the meeting of the progress of pollution reduction since the eleventh Five-Year Plan was carried out. Vice Director of NDRC Xie Zhenhua and MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun answered questions from journalists on China’s policies and steps to conserve energy, protect environment and address climate change.
On the same day, MEP approved 18 standards as national environmental standards including Water quality- Determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by liquid- liquid extraction and solid-phase extraction- High performance liquid chromatography. These standards will take effect as of Nov. 1, 2009.
On Sep. 28, MEP spokesperson notified that MEP, in cooperation with NDRC and National Bureau of Statistics of China, had finished assessment of pollution reduction of all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in the first half of 2009. COD discharges totaled 6.576 million tons across the country in the first half of 2009, down 2.46% compared to the same period of 2008 and SO2 emissions stood at 11.478 million tons, down 5.40% against that of 2008. Discharges of both pollutants maintained a good downward momentum.
On the same day, MEP approved changes of EIA organization names for assessment of construction projects and reevaluation of EIA license (the sixth group in 2009).
On Sep. 29, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met CEO of DuPont Co, Ms. Ellen J. Kullman, and the delegation she led in Beijing. They exchanged views on furthering cooperation in the field of environmental protection and other issues of common concern.
On the same day, MEP called for public comments on Technical guidelines for environmental impact assessment-pharmaceutical construction project and Technical guidelines for risk assessment of contaminated sites.
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