On Sep. 30, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial executive meeting, where the essence of State Council's executive meeting was passed and arrangement for the National Day was made. Participants also deliberated and adopted in principle opinions on environmental checks of EIA of some construction projects and companies applying for listing and refinancing as well as opinions on review and approval of corporate applications for exporting hazardous wastes.
On Oct. 9, several ministries jointly issued a Circular on In-depth Investigation of Companies Leading to Heavy Metal Pollution in a bid to implement the principles of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, step up environmental supervision of companies causing heavy metal pollution, safeguard people's environmental rights and interests and environmental security and promote social harmony and stability. These ministries included MEP, NDRC, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Supervision, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Administration of Commerce and Industry, State Administration of Work Safety and State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
On Oct. 12, MEP held a preparatory meeting on the development of environmental plan for the twelfth Five-Year Plan period. MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian addressed the meeting. Staff in charge from NDRC, Ministry of Finance and National Audit Office observed the meeting. Representatives also included those from Provincial, Autonomous Regions and Municipal EPBs, Environmental Protection Bureau of Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps., departments of MEP and its affiliates.
On the same day Office of Legislative Affairs, the State Council and China Law Society jointly held a symposium marking the 10th anniversary of Law on Administrative Reconsideration. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue attended the symposium and made remarks.
On the same day, MEP prepared a technical guideline for disassembling and disposing prefabricated houses in quake-stricken areas in order to protect the environment, prevent and control pollution and promote recycling of resources.
On Oct. 13, a press conference on the 13th World Lake Conference was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing notified that the 13th World Lake Conference would be convened in Wuhan, Hubei Province, from Nov. 2 to Nov. 5, 2009 under the auspices of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Wuhan Municipal People's Government and International Lake Environment Committee. The conference will bring over 1000 experts worldwide to the City of Lakes, talking about measures for lake management and sustainable development. The theme of the meeting is "For the Rehabilitation of Lakes: Global Challenge and Chinese Innovation".
On the same day MEP issued Notice on Strict Control of Building HCFC-containing production facilities.
On the same day MEP called for public comments on Technical Policies on Pollution Prevention and Control for Oil & Natural Gas Exploitation (draft for comment) and draft for comment on revised Regulation on Environmental Administrative Punishment.
On Oct. 14, MEP called for public comments on Technical requirement on environmental protection product--single screw pump.
On Oct. 15, the 2009 International Forum on Environmental Legislation and Sustainable Development was held in Beijing. Representatives from 7 countries including Japan, Korea and Australia and some organizations had broad exchanges and intensive discussions on the role of legislation in terms of promoting development and utilization of new energy sources and renewable energy, solutions to upcoming energy crisis, the impact of climate change and challenges and opportunities facing the new round of industrial revolution. Vice Chair of Standing Committee of National People's Congress, Hua Jianmin attended the opening ceremony and made an opening speech. The forum was chaired by Wang Guangtao, Chair of Environment and Resources Protection Committee of NPC.
On the same day, the Forum on Environmental Labeling and Green Economic Development & the 15th Anniversary on China's Environmental Labeling was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the forum and made remarks. Wu also attended the signing ceremony of Sino-Germany Cooperation on Low Carbon Product Certification with German Minister to China. The project is MEP's first international cooperation project on low carbon product certification.
On the same day MEP issued a notice on adding members of Science and Technology Board of MEP.
On the same day MEP announced new vehicle models and engine models meeting national vehicle emission standard.
On the same day, MEP issued a notice on proper handling of the accident of irradiation sources at Guangzhou Research and Development Center for Irradiation Technology in order to deal with the accident in an active, appropriate, scientific and safe manner and prevent people from accidental exposure to irradiation or environmental pollution.
On Oct. 16, the First Caofeidian Forum was held in Tangshan, Hebei Province. The forum was co-organized by Hebei Provincial People's Government, Ministry of Land and Resources, MEP and Development Research Center of the State Council and sponsored by Tangshan Municipal People's Government. The forum centered on the theme of Sustainable Development and New-type Industrialization against International Financial Crisis. Jia Qinglin, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau, the CPC Central Committee and Chair of CPPCC, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech entitled Sustainable Development for a Better World. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the ceremony and made remarks.
International Workshop on GEF Haihe River Basin Integrated Water Resources and Environment Management opened in Beijing on the same day. The workshop was jointly hosted by MEP, Minister of Water Resources (MWR) and the World Bank. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun addressed the opening ceremony. Representatives from MEP's Department of Pollution Prevention and Control and MWR's Department of Water Resources signed an agreement on data sharing of Haihe River Basin.
On the same day, MEP held a report meeting in Beijing on China's low carbon economic policies. Feng Fei, Director General, Department of Industrial Economic Research, Development Research Center of the State Council was invited to make a special report. The meeting was chaired by Fu Wenjuan, Member of Ministry of Environmental Protection Leading Party Group and head of Discipline Inspection Group. Hu Baolin, Member of Leading Party Group and Director General of MEP General Office attended the meeting. Officials above division chief level and leadership of outposts and affiliates participated in the meeting.
On Oct. 20, MEP approved six standards as national environmental standards including Water quality- Determination of total organic carbon-Combustion oxidation nondispersive infrared absorption method. These standards will take effect as of Dec. 1, 2009.
On Oct. 21, MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun met a delegation headed by Shimadzu President, Akira Nakamoto in Beijing. They exchanged views on cooperation in the field of environment.
On the same day, 2009 training session for environmental spokesperson opened in Beijing, which aimed to improve environmental publicity under the new circumstances and the environmental spokespersons' performance and lift news release on environment to a higher level.
On Oct. 22, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Scott C. Fulton, Acting Deputy Administrator of US EPA in Beijing. They thoroughly exchanged views on furthering bilateral environmental cooperation and issues of common concern.
On the same day, a joint inspection on law enforcement of marine environmental protection in Hebei Province was launched by nine state departments including MEP, NDRC, Ministry of Supervision and State Oceanic Administration. They fully recognized their marine environmental protection work and commended their experience and achievements in coordinating land and marine environmental protection, strictly abiding by environmental threshold, strengthening prevention and control of land-based pollution and enhancing marine environmental supervision and environmental protection.
On the same day a work meeting on rural environmental protection was held in Tangshan, Hebei Province. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie attended the meeting and made remarks. Director of Hebei Provincial EPB, Ji Zhenhai, chaired the meeting and introduced the work of Hebei Province in rural environmental protection.
On the same day a report meeting was held in Beijing on handling of evident problems in construction field. Secretary of Secretariat of the Central Committee, also Deputy Secretary of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, He Yong, attended the meeting and made remarks. Minister for Supervision Ma Wen chaired the meeting. Mr. Hu Baolin, Member of MEP Leading Party Group, Director General of the General Office, presented MEP's work progress.
On Oct. 26, the 5th International Workshop on Regional Air Quality Management, co-hosted by MEP and US Environmental Protection Agency, was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the workshop and delivered a speech.
The First National Work Meeting on Protection of Drinking Water Sources, also on-site meeting for prevention and control of water pollution of the Liaohe River basin, was held in Shenyang, Liaoning Province. The meeting was co-organized by MEP and Liaoning Provincial Government. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the meeting and made remarks. Vice Governor of Liaoning Province, Zhao Guohong, made a speech on behalf of the provincial government. Director General of Department of Pollution Prevention and Control, MEP, Zhai Qing, chaired the meeting and gave a summary. Staff in charge also attended the meeting who included those from all departments of MEP, environmental supervision centers, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, China National Environmental Monitoring Center, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, EPB from provincial, autonomous regions and municipal levels and EPB of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
On Oct. 27, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Chairman of European Parliament's Delegation with China, Mr. Crescenzio Rivellini, in Beijing. They exchanged views on furthering cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
A joint inspection on law enforcement for marine protection was conducted in the coastal areas of Jiangsu Province with the participation of MEP, NDRC, Ministry of Supervision, Ministry of Finance and so on. Head of the law enforcement inspection group, MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, gave a feedback to Jiangsu Provincial Government on the results of examination. Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province, Xu Ming, listened to the feedback and made remarks.
On the same day a symposium on morale building of the national environmental monitoring system was held in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. Principals of environmental monitoring stations from 47 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and key cities attended the meeting.
On Oct. 28, International Forum on a Green China and a Harmonious World was held in Tianjin. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon sent a letter of congratulations for the convocation of the meeting. Vice Chair of CPPCC, President of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Xu Kuangdi acknowledged in his address that China, as a responsible country, would always be active in coping with challenges brought about by climate change and integrate its self-development with that of the world. China would play a constructive role in the negotiation process and make its due contributions to the well-being of human kind.
On the same day MEP called for public comments on draft versions of Technical Policy for Prevention and Control of Pollution from Non-road Mobile Machinery and Technical Policy for Prevention and Control of Pollution from Pharmaceutical Industry.
On Oct. 29, the awarding ceremony for 2009 Bayer Environmental Awards for Media and 2009 Bayer Awards for Young Environmental Envoy were held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister, Pan Yue, and President of Bayer Great China Region, Michael Koenig, presented awards to winners. 10 journalists from Beijing, Shanghai and other cities got 2009 Bayer Environmental Awards for Media and 20 college students from Beijing, Hangzhou and so on were awarded the title of environmental envoys.
On Oct. 30, the 8th Environmental Ministers Meeting between ASEAN and China, Japan and Korea (10+3) was held in Singapore. Mr. Hu Baolin, Member of MEP's Leading Party Group and Director General of the General Office, led a delegation to the meeting.
On the same day, MEP called for public comments on Technical guidelines for environmental impact assessment-Forestry Planning (draft for comment).
On the same day, MEP issued a Notice on 2009 Spot Check of Organizations Engaged in EIA of Construction Projects in order to strengthen qualification management and promote healthy development of EIA industry.
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