On the same day, MEP held an enlarged study meeting of the MEP leading Party Group & the meeting for reports on "accelerating the historical transformations and exploring a new pathway towards environmental protection in China". Yang Chaofei, Director General of the Department of Policies, Laws and Regulations gave a special report on "the study on China's macro environmental strategies". Hu Baolin, member of MEP leading Party Group and Director General of General Office, chaired the meeting. Vice Ministers Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, and Li Ganjie, head of the Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjuan, and Chief Engineer Wan Bentai attended the meeting. Cadres from MEP departments at or above director level and heads of Beijing-based representative institutions and affiliated institutions also presented at the meeting.
On the same day, the evaluation results were made public on the performance of websites of provincial environmental protection departments nationwide in 2009. The website of the Environmental Protection Bureau of Jiangsu Province in East China topped the country. Those of Guangdong Province, Hebei Province, Hubei Province, and Qinghai Province ranked the second, and those of Chongqing Municipality, Beijing Municipality, Shaanxi Province, Zhejiang Province, Fujian Province, and Anhui Province ranked the third.
On the same day, Vice Minister Zhou Jian, as entrusted by Minister Zhou Shengxian, paid a visit to Cheng Bin, a Red Army veteran. He forwarded the regards of Minister Zhou, and on behalf of the members of MEP leading Party Group, extended best wishes for the coming Spring Festival.
On February 1, MEP endorsed three national environmental protection standards including Cleaner production standard-Copper smelting industry, which would go into effect as of May 1, 2010.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed The Outline of National Environmental Publicity and Education in 2010, in order to do a good job in environmental publicity and education in 2010.
On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on Implementation Details of the Information Sharing by Public Institutions Engaged in Environmental Protection (exposure draft), Discharge standard of water pollutants for cosmetics industry (exposure draft), Technical guidelines for environmental monitoring of sites (exposure draft), Coding for environmental pollution sources (exposure draft), and Effluent standards of pollutants for glucide industry (exposure draft).
On February 2, Minister Zhou Shengxian went to Beijing Vehicle Emission Management Center to visit the grassroots environmental staff and send best wishes and regards through them to cadres in the national environmental protection system for the coming Spring Festival. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, Deputy Mayor of Beijing Huang Wei, heads of relevant MEP departments, and heads of Beijing municipal environmental protection bureau accompanied him on the visit.
On the same day, the winners of the sixth Baosteel China Environment Award were unveiled. With the theme of "green economy and sustained development", twenty five collectives or individuals engaged in urban environment, environmental management, business environmental protection, ecological conservation, and environmental publicity won the award. Head of Hebei provincial Environmental Protection Bureau Ji Zhenhai, Jincheng City of Shanxi Province in North China, and Elion Resources Group Company won the award. CPPCC Vice Chairman Ablet Abduréshit and MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian as well as other leaders granted the cups and certificates to the winner collectives and individuals.
On the same day, the press conference was held for 2009 Top 10 News on Building Conservation Culture, which was appraised and selected by News Industry Newspaper Association and China Environment News. Zhang Wentai, Deputy Director of the NPC Environment and Resources Conservation Committee, presented at the press conference and delivered a speech.
On the same day, MEP endorsed one of the national environmental protection standards Solid waste-Extraction procedure for leaching toxicity-Horizontal vibration method, which would go into effect as of May 1, 2010.
On the same day, MEP released the Institutions Qualified for Environmental Impact Assessment of Construction Projects (the first group in 2010).
On February 3, MEP released Bulletin on the First Nationwide Survey on Pollution Sources.
On the same day, MEP endorsed three national environmental protection standards including Engineering technical specification of flue gas selective catalytic reduction enitrification for thermal power plant, which would go into effect as of April 1, 2010.
On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on Discharge standard of pollutants for coking industry (exposure draft).
On February 4, MEP released the list of citric acid producers that met the environmental requirements.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on Notifying Lower Levels on the Plan for Preparing the Second Group of Pollution Source Monitoring Vans under the Monitoring Capacity Building Program for Nationwide Pollution Sources for Supervision Purposes.
On February 5, MEP printed and distributed the Correspondence on Printing and Distributing the "Plan for the Project funded by the Special Fund for Reduction of Major Pollutants under 2009 Central Budget on Standardizing the Environmental Supervision".
From February 3 to 5, the 2010 National on-the-spot Meeting on Environmental Monitoring was held in Changsha Municipality, Hunan Province in Central China. The meeting mainly conveyed the guidelines of 2010 National Working Conference on Environmental Protection, thoroughly sized up the new situations and tasks facing the environmental monitoring work, envisioned the train of thoughts for environmental monitoring during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), wrapped up the monitoring work in 2009, and made arrangements for the priorities in 2010. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the opening ceremony and delivered a remark. The meeting was chaired by MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai. Deputy Governor of Hunan Province Liu Liwei delivered the welcome remarks on behalf of the provincial Party Committee and government. Representatives from the environmental protection departments of Hunan Province, Chongqing Municipality in Southwest China, Liaoning Province in Northeast China, and Shanxi Province in north China also gave speeches.
On February 8, MEP held a meeting for the staff to gather together and exchange greetings on 2010 Spring Festival in Beijing. Minister Zhou Shengxian delivered a greeting speech for the coming Spring Festival and sent his best wishes to the staff in the national environmental protection system as well as people from all walks of life that had cared, supported or participated in environmental protection cause.
On the same day, MEP held a meeting for the retired veteran cadres to gather together and exchange greetings for the coming Spring Festival. As entrusted by Minister Zhou Shengxian, Vice Minister Zhou Jian attended the meeting and sent best regards to the retired veteran cadres, wishing that they would live a healthy and happy life and enjoy family harmony.
On the same day, as entrusted by Minister Zhou Shengxian, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun went to North China Environmental Protection Supervision Center to visit the staff there and send them sincere greetings to the Spring Festival.
On the same day, MEP issued Technical Policies for Prevention and Control of Rural Pollution, in order to boost the efforts to build socialist new countryside, protect and improve rural environment, prevent and control rural domestic pollution, and improve the life quality and health there.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Correspondence of Approval on Cancelation of the Nuclear Safety License of Baijiachuan Radiation Center in Shuangliu County of Chengdu Municipality and Circular on the Recommendation of 2010 State-of-art Pollution Prevention and Control Demonstration Technologies and Environmental Technologies Encouraged by the State.
On February 9, Minister Zhou Shengxian went to visit Qu Geping, a veteran in the frontline of environmental protection. He also went to China Environment News, China Environmental Science Press and China Environmental Protection Foundation, visited the staff there and sent them the best wishes and regards for the coming Spring Festival.
On the same day, on behalf of the MEP leading Party Group, Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing went to China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences to visit the members with Chinese Academy of Engineering Liu Hongliang, Ren Zhenhai, Wang Wenxing and Meng Wei, and sent them the best wishes and regards for the coming Spring Festival.
On the same day, State Council Information Office organized a press conference for the first nationwide survey on pollution sources and released the Bulletin on the First Nationwide Survey on Pollution Sources. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the press conference, introduced the basic information on and the findings of the survey, and answered questions raised by the reporters. Wang Yuqing, Director of the Office of the Leading Group for the first nationwide survey on pollution sources, and officials from National Bureau of Statistics and Ministry of Agriculture also presented at the press conference and answered questions.
On the same day, MEP announced that Yichang City in Hubei Province, Foshan City in Guangdong Province, Lin'an City in Zhejiang Province and Huai'an City in Jiangsu Province had been built into national environmental protection model cities.
On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on two national environmental protection standards including Technical requirement for environmental protection product-Biomass separation membrane bioreactor (exposure draft).
On February 10, MEP released List of the first group of institutions in 2010 certified as qualified operators of pollution treatment facilities and such institutions which make alterations.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on the Check and Acceptance of Technical (Kunming) Center for National Environmental Protection and Industrial Resources Recycling Projects and Circular on the Approval of Establishing Technical Center for National Environmental Protection and Pollution Prevention and Control Projects in Iron & Steel Industry.
On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on China National Programme of Action for the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (exposure draft).
On February 11, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on the Application for Environmental Projects under National Department Public Benefit Research Foundation in 2010 and 2011.
On February 12, Minister Zhou Shengxian visited the staff in MEP departments and on behalf of the leading Party Group, sent them the best wishes and regards for the coming Spring Festival.
On February 20, MEP printed and distributed the Guideline on Best Available Technologies of Pollution Prevention and Control for Coal-fired Power Plant Industry (on Trial).
On February 21, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on the Application for 2010 Environmental Protection Science and Technology Award.
On the same day, MEP rejected and returned the environmental impact assessment statements of Chengdu Hazardous Waste Disposal Center in Sichuan Province.
On February 22, MEP endorsed two national environmental protection standards, Technical guideline on preparing environmental engineering technical specification and Technical guideline for drafting and publishing on environmental protection standards, which would go into effect as of May 1, 2010.
On the same day, MEP endorsed one national environmental protection standard, Technical Specification of Performance Testing for Facilities of Hazardous Waste (including medical waste) Incineration, which would go into effect as of June 1, 2010.
On February 23, Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired a regular meeting, listened to the report on management of the special fund for environmental protection under the Central Budget as well as the use and management of other major special funds, and considered and adopted in principle China Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan as well as examination results of the environmental impact assessment statements of some construction projects. Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, and Li Ganjie, head of the Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjuan, member of MEP leading Party Group and Director General of General Office Hu Baolin, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Lu Xinyuan attended the meeting. Heads of relevant MEP departments observed the meeting.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on the Investigation and Verification of the Updates on Nationwide Survey on Pollution Sources.
On February 24, the 11th Special Session of the Governing Council of UNEP and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF) was held in Bali Island, Indonesia. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's written speech was read at the meeting. A Chinese delegation, which consisted of officials from MEP and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and delegations from 130-odd countries and international organizations attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed Circular on the Approval of Establishing Technical Center for National Environmental Protection and Pollution Prevention and Control Projects in Iron & Steel Industry.
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