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Calendar in Sept. 2010

On September 1, the Sixth China Forum on Ecological Health, which was hosted by the Central Committee of Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party, CPPCC Committee of Population, Resources and Environment, MEP, and the People's Government of Hebei Province, was held in Tangshan City, Hebei Province. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie addressed the Forum.

On September 1, MEP made public the exemption volume of CFCs used for pharmaceutical inhalable aerosol.

On September 2, MEP began to solicit opinions on nine exposure drafts including Soil-Determination of the water content by Gravimetric method (exposure draft), Guidelines for Drafting on Corporate Environmental Report (exposure draft), and Cleaner production audit guideline-Food manufacturing industry (monosodium glutamate) (exposure draft).

On September 3, Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired MEP executive meeting, which conveyed the guidelines of the national working conference on administration by law, and considered and adopted in principle National Plan on Prevention and Control of Groundwater Pollution (2010-2020) (draft for review) and the examination results of the EIA statements of some construction projects. Vice Ministers Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, and Li Ganjie, Head of the Discipline Inspection Group from CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to MEP Fu Wenjuan, member of the leading Party Group and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, and NNSA Chief Engineer Lu Xinyuan attended the meeting. Officials in charge of relevant MEP departments observed the meeting.

On September 6, Minister Zhou Shengxian met in Beijing with a delegation headed by Juppe, Mayor of Bordeaux and former Premier of France. Both sides exchanged views on issues of common concern including sustainable development and environmental cooperation.

On the same day, MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai noted at the third EU-China Biodiversity Strategic Dialogue conference that China has highly valued the implementation of Convention on Biological Convention and biodiversity conservation and adopted a raft of actions, which proved to be effective.

On the same day, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun headed the second group of the State Council on supervision on energy conservation and emissions reduction to Guangxi Autonomous Region. They went to six cities including Qinzhou City, Nanning City, Yulin City, Beihai City, Laibin City, and Liuzhou City to conduct field inspections on 24 energy conservation and emissions reduction projects and key enterprises. They thoroughly studied and analyzed the energy conservation and emissions reduction situation in Guangxi this year, and listened to the report of Guangxi Government in this respect.

On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on five exposure drafts including Effluent standards of pollutants for gelatin, bone glue and hide glue industry (exposure draft), Documentation format of environmental dataset (exposure draft), and Technical specification of application software development for environmental information (exposure draft).

On the same day, MEP made public the List of Key Enterprises that Apply Cleaner Production Audit and Pass the Evaluation and Check and Acceptance (the first group).

On the same day, MEP approved one of the national environmental protection standards, Technical Guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment–Constructional project of Pesticide, which would go into effect as of January 1, 2011.

On September 7, Vice Minister Li Ganjie met in Beijing with a delegation headed by Karl Falkenberg, Director General of the European Commission DG Environment. Both sides exchanged views on issues of common concern.

On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on Regulations on the Public Hearing Procedures for Imposing Environmental Administrative Penalties (exposure draft).

On September 9, the national working meeting on government information sharing in environmental protection system was held in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. Fu Wenjuan, Member of the leading Party Group and Head of the Discipline Inspection Group from CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to MEP, addressed the meeting, so did Deputy Governor of Jiangsu Province Xu Ming. Relevant persons in charge from the Office of the National Leading Group on Government Information Sharing also attended the meeting.

On the same day, MEP made public the new vehicle types and engine types that have met with national motor vehicle emission standards.

On September 10, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development held the donators' meeting for preparations for the fifth phase of the Council. Vice Minister Li Ganjie, Council Members, officials in charge from MEP and Ministry of Commerce as well as representatives from the embassies of donator countries and donating international organizations attended the meeting. They discussed issues concerning the fifth phase of the Council.

On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on four standards including Water quality-Determination of ammonium nitrogen by continuous flow analysis (CFA) (exposure draft).

On the same day, MEP made public the List of Entities Qualified for Operations of Pollution Treatment Facilities (the fourth group in 2010).

From September 7 to 11, Vice Minister Zhou Jian headed an investigation group of MEP to go to Urumqi, Hami, Bazhou, Turpan, Aletai, and Yili City in Xinjiang Autonomous Region. They had field investigations and studies on ecological improvement and environmental protection work for implementing the guidelines of the symposium of the Central Government on the Work in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, giving priority to 39 projects on development of mineral resources, pollution reduction, treatment of key river basins, development of environmental infrastructure, development of key ecological function zones and nature reserves, ecological conservation for lakes and wetlands, eco-tourism, special forestry and fruit industry, and rural environmental protection.

On September 13, the environmental protection departments of China and Norway held the second session of China-Norway Coordinators' Meeting on Environmental Cooperation in Sanya City, Hainan Province, in accordance with China-Norway Memorandum of Understanding on environmental protection. Representatives from MEP Department of International Cooperation, Secretariat of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, International Department of Norwegian Ministry for the Environment, and Norwegian Embassy in China attended the meeting.

On September 14, MEP and General Administration of Press and Publication organized in Beijing the signing ceremony for the "agreement of cooperation on implementing the green printing strategy", in order to accelerate the implementation of the green printing strategy, advance the shift of the development mode of the printing industry, achieve the objective of strengthening the country through press and administration, and facilitate the efforts to build conservation culture and a resource-saving and environment-friendly society. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Administrator of General Administration of Press and Publication Liu Binjie signed on the Agreement of Cooperation on Implementing the Green Printing Strategy and delivered speeches. Over 100 persons from relevant departments of MEP and General Administration of Press and Publication, associations of printing industry, printing research institutions, suppliers of green printing equipment and materials, pilot presses on green printing of the 2010 autumn teaching materials, and the persons in charge from printing enterprises attended the signing ceremony.

On the same day, Vice Minister Pan Yue emphasized at the CENEWS publicity working meeting that recent environmental emergencies highlighted once again the importance and urgency of sharing more environmental information. Local environmental protection departments at all levels should implement the guidelines of the national working conference on administration by law, work harder to share environmental information, and try to share the information in a timely, accurate and complete manner. Meanwhile, the press should cover environmental information from all dimensions, thoroughly and objectively, and play the important role of supervision through public opinions.

On the same day, MEP approved the list of entities qualified for environmental impact assessment of construction projects (eighth group in 2010).

On September 15, Premier Wen Jiabao chaired the executive meeting of the State Council, considered and adopted in principle China Strategy and Action Plan on Biodiversity Conservation (2011-2030), which identified the guidelines, basic principles, objectives and tasks and supportive measures for biodiversity conservation in the coming two decades.

On the same day, Vice Minister Li Ganjie noted at the meeting announcing the appointment of leaders in Guangdong Station of Nuclear and Radiation Safety Supervision and MEP Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center that it's a great responsibility to supervise the nuclear and radiation safety and that leaders should set an example by their own actions and strive to build a rank of leaders who are study-and innovation-oriented, pragmatic, solidified, and upholds clean government.

On the same day, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun chaired in Beijing the symposium on pilot projects on control of mercury pollution in the atmosphere in coal-fired power plants, demanded that the power industry pay close attention to the prevention and control of mercury pollution in the air, and made arrangements for such pilot projects in the five power groups. Relevant persons in charge from the five power groups including China Huadian Corporation, China Power Investment Corporation, China Guodian Corporation, China Huaneng Group and China Datang Corporation attended the symposium.

On the same day, the argumentation meeting on the achievements in the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in key industries in the five key regions & the expert check and acceptance meeting was held in Beijing. This was a signal that the groundwork had been completed for the SEA in the five key regions including coastal areas around Bohai Sea, economic zone in the western shore of the Taiwan Straits, coastal areas in the economic zone in Beibu Bay, the economic zone in Chengdu-Chongqing region, and the energy and chemical industrial zone in the middle and upper reaches of Yellow River. MEP Vice Minster and the head of the leading group for the SEA in the five key regions Wu Xiaoqing addressed the meeting.

On the same day, MEP began to solicit opinions on Technical requirement for environmental labeling products-Phones.

On September 16, the sixth China (International) Forum on Environment and Development & the fourth China international exposition on the achievements of building an environment-friendly society were held in Beijing. Deputy Chairman of the standing committee of National People's Congress, Deputy Chairman of the National Committee of CPPCC, the former Deputy Chairman of the National Committee of CPPCC, and Deputy Chairman of NDRC Xie Zhenhua attended the opening ceremony. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian delivered a keynote speech.

On the same day, the meeting in commemoration of the International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer, which was organized by MEP, was held in Great Hall of the People. The meeting was to commemorate the 16th International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer and celebrate the complete phase-out of the production and use of major ozone depleting substances including CFCs, Halon, and CCl4. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the commemoration meeting and delivered a speech. About 200 persons took part in the meeting, including representatives from international implementation agencies like the Secretariat of Montreal Protocol, governments engaged in bilateral cooperation with China including the U.S., Sweden, and Australia, and members of the national leading group for preservation of ozone layer including Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from relevant MEP departments and provincial EPBs, EPBs of cities specially listed in state plan, PLA General Armament Department, and PLA EPB.

On the same day, Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met in Beijing with Mr. Chen Liming, President of BP China. Both sides exchanged views on issues including the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico.

On the same day, MEP issued six supportive documents for Measures on the Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances, including Guidelines on the Declaration and Registration of New Chemical Substances.

On the same day, MEP issued a bulletin to handle eight entities whose desulfurization facilities were not operated normally in 2009, including Yizhou Guangyu Coal-fired Power Co., Ltd. in Shanxi Province. Eight coal-fired power plants were disclosed earlier to have operated the desulfurization equipment abnormally and discharged excessive SO2.

On September 17, national inter-ministerial joint meeting on environmental protection & thematic meeting on prevention and control of water pollution in Haihe River basins were held in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian noted the need to pay close attention to implementing the policies and measures on rehabilitation of Haihe River, try hard to shape a new situation for the prevention and control of water pollution in Haihe River, and enable the regional economy and society in Haihe River basins to adopt a culturally advanced development manner, with developed production, affluent life and good ecological conditions, so as to benefit the majority of the people. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun chaired the meeting, which briefed on the development of the 12th Five-Year Plan on prevention and control of water pollution in Haihe River basins. Representatives from Beijing Municipality, Tianjin Municipality, Hebei Province, Shanxi Province, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Shandong Province and Henan Province introduced the progresses made in their respective administrative jurisdictions in pollution prevention and control as well as the problems, and proposed suggestions on developing the 12th Five-Year Plan. Officials in charge from NDRC, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Land Resources, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, and State Oceanic Administration delivered speeches.

On the same day, MEP printed and distributed China Strategy and Action Plan on Biodiversity Conservation (2011-2030).

On September 18, the second session of Internet meeting of ozone officials from Southeast Asia, the Pacific and South Asia was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Li Ganjie addressed the session. Mr. Gonzalez with Secretariat of Montreal Protocol, Ms. Nolan with Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund, and Mr. Shende with UNEP delivered speeches, congratulated on the achievements made by Chinese government in preservation of ozone layer and spoke highly of the Chinese government for honoring its commitments. Representatives from 27 countries in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and South Asia, the Secretariat of the Vienna Convention, and nine international implementation agencies, and governments engaged in bilateral cooperation with China attended the session.

On September 19, Vice Minister Pan Yue noted in his inspection in Jiangsu Province on the pilot projects on environmental pollution liability insurance that remarkable achievements had been made in the pilot projects on environmental pollution liability insurance. The environmental protection departments should work faster on the environmental economic policies, and give play to the important role of such policies in improving environmental management and achieving better economic growth, so as to contribute to the shift of economic development mode.

On September 20, Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired MEP executive meeting, which considered and adopted in principle the Plan on Prevention and Control of Water Pollution in the Middle and Lower Reaches of Yangtze River (2010-2015), Regulations on the Administration of the Electronic Government Information Sharing Platform of Ministry of Environmental Protection (on trial), and the environmental examination results of some companies going for public or refinancing as well as the examination results of some enterprises applying for export of hazardous wastes. Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, and Zhou Jian, Head of the Discipline Inspection Group from CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to MEP Fu Wenjuan, member of the leading Party Group and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and NNSA Chief Engineer Lu Xinyuan attended the meeting. Persons in charge of relevant MEP departments observed the meeting.

On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on Organizing Environmental Inspection on Iron and Steel Makers.

On September 21, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on Further Efforts in the Review and Reevaluation of the Bids for National Environmental Protection Model Cities.

On the same day, for the purpose of implementing Environmental Protection Law of the People's Republic of China, protecting the environment, and safeguarding people's health, MEP approved five of the national environmental protection standards including Ambient air-Determination of benzene and its analogies using sorbent adsorption thermal desorption and Gas Chromatography, which would go into effect as of December 1, 2010.

From September 24 to 26, the first skill contest among professionals in China, the first national skill contest among environmental monitoring technicians, was held in Beijing. Minister Zhou Shengxian presented at the opening ceremony and announced the opening of the contest. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security Yang Zhiming, and Secretary of the Secretariat of All-China Federation of Trade Unions Wang Ruisheng addressed the opening ceremony chaired by MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai addressed the opening ceremony. 132 contestants from 33 teams from EPBs of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, EPB of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp and office of the PLA Afforestation Committee competed at the finals. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue, Zhang Lijun, Zhou Jian, and Li Ganjie, Head of the Discipline Inspection Group from CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to MEP Fu Wenjuan, member of the Leading Party Group and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, and seniors officials from former SEPA and MEP watched the contest on the field.

On September 25, Vice Minister Li Ganjie met in Beijing with a delegation headed by Bill Gates from the U.S.. Both sides exchanged views on the latest development of the fourth generation of reactors in both countries.

On September 26, North China Environmental Protection Supervision Center held a ceremony to open its portal. Vice Minister Zhou Jian attended the opening ceremony.

On September 27, MEP began to solicit opinions on exposure drafts including Measures on the Administration of Licensing Qualifications for Treatment of Used Electric Appliances and Electronic Products (exposure draft).

On the same day, MEP issued the amendments to four of the national environmental protection standards including Technical Requirement for Environmental Labeling Products-Household Refrigerators.

On the same day, for the purpose of preventing and controlling pollution, protecting and improving ecological environment, and safeguarding people's health, MEP and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) jointly approved eight of the national emissions standards including Discharge standard of water pollutants for starch industry, which would go into effect as of October 1, 2010.

On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on Further Intensifying the Environmental Protection in Individual Drinking Water Sources.

On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Bulletin on Issuance of the "Regulations on the Administration of the Environmental Protection for Imported Scrap Ships", "Regulations on the Administration of Environmental Protection for Imported Discarded Disk Scraps" and "Regulations on the Administration of Environmental Protection for Imported Discarded PET Drinking Bottles".

From September 28 to 29, the national on-the-spot meeting on restoration of ecological environment in mines was held in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie, Deputy Administrator of National Energy Administration Wu Han, and Deputy Governor of Shanxi Province Niu Renliang spoke at the meeting.

On September 28, MEP held in Beijing the meeting for mobilizing resources and making arrangements for the special inspection on the approval of environmental impact assessment statements in 2010. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing spoke at the meeting, which was chaired by Fu Wenjuan, the Head of the Discipline Inspection Group from CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to MEP. The meeting made arrangements for the special inspection in 2010 and put forward requirements for the coordination, liaison and supervision during the inspection.

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