On December 29, 2010, the working meeting on partner assistance model in Xinjiang for environmental protection was held in Beijing. The meeting made arrangements for the partner assistance in Xinjiang by 18 provincial EPBs and Human Settlements and Environment Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, as well as the follow-up work. MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian addressed the meeting. Leading officials and chiefs of planning and finance divisions from the 19 twinning partners, from Xinjiang regional EPB, and from EPB of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, as well as leading officials from relevant MEP departments and affiliated institutions attended the meeting.
On January 5, MEP made public the nature reserves applied to be upgraded to national nature reserves as well as national nation reserves to be redrawn their boundaries, in order to seek public opinions.
On January 6, the sixth general meeting of National Environment Advisory Committee and MEP Science and Technology Committee was held in Beijing. The meeting introduced the drafting of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan for National Environmental Protection, and presided by MEP Vice Minister and Director of MEP Science and Technology Committee Wu Xiaoqing. MEP Minister and Director of National Environment Advisory Committee Zhou Shengxian addressed the meeting. Deputy Director of National Environment Advisory Committee and member with Chinese Academy of Sciences Sun Honglie, MEP Vice Ministers Zhou Jian and Li Ganjie, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Yang Chaofei attended the meeting. Leading officials from MEP departments, Beijing-based regional offices and affiliated institutions attended the meeting.
On January 7, MEP printed and distributed the Notice on Printing and Distributing Forms for the Import and Export of Microbial Agents for Environmental Purposes, in order to implement the Measures on the Administration of the Environmental Safety Concerning the Import and Export of Microbial Agents for Environmental Purposes, and setting standards for the examination and approval procedures for the import and export of such agents.
On January 10, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie went for the site verification of the total amount of reduced major pollutants by Guangxi Autonomous Region, and listened in Nanning Municipality to the report on the reduction of total amount of major pollutants by the region in 2010 and during the 11th Five-Year Plan period.
On the same day, MEP informed the media that MEP introduced Guiding Opinions on Fostering Environmental NGOs and Guiding Their Orderly Development, for the purpose of facilitating the healthy and orderly development of environmental NGOs, and trying to establish a social action scheme where the whole nation participates in environmental protection.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Notice on Inaugurating the Applications for 2011 Environmental Science and Technology Award.
On January 11, Minister Zhou Shengxian met in Beijing with a delegation headed by Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar. Both sides exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met in Beijing with a delegation headed by Shoichi Kondo, State Secretary for the Environment, Japan. Both sides had talks about bilateral environmental cooperation, an issue of common concern.
On January 13, the 2011 National Working Conference on Environmental Protection opened in Beijing, and MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian addressed the meeting. He noted that the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period is full of hope for the environmental protection undertaking, so the national environmental protection system should focus on the theme of scientific development, the main thread of accelerating the shift of economic development mode and the new requirement for uplifting ecological conservation, integrate the environmental protection with the shift of development mode, the economic restructuring, the improvement of people's livelihood and the promotion of social harmony, and open a new phase for environmental protection from a new starting point. The conference was chaired by Vice Minister Pan Yue. 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, leading Party member and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Yang Chaofei, and senior leaders Zhu Guangyao, Wang Xinfang, Wang Yuqing and Zeng Xiaodong attended the conference.
On the same day, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang made important instructions on environmental protection work, demanded that the majority of the staff working in the frontline of environmental protection work closely around facilitating scientific development and accelerating the shift of economic development mode, try to solve prominent environmental problems, uplift the ecological conservation, promote green development and do better in meeting the new expectations of the people on the ecological environment.
On January 14, the 2011 National Working Conference on Environmental Protection was concluded in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian stressed that local environmental protection departments should seriously study and implement the guidelines of the Central Economic Working Conference and the important instructions of Vice Premier Li Keqiang, work around the theme of scientific development, the main thread of accelerating the shift of economic development mode and the new requirement for uplifting ecological conservation, continue to explore a new path for environmental protection, try hard to have a good starting for the development of environmental protection undertaking in the 12th Five-Year Plan period, and take a further step in environmental protection cause at the new starting point. 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, leading Party member and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Yang Chaofei attended the meeting.
On January 17, MEP began to seek opinions on Emission standard of air pollutants for thermal power plants (the second exposure draft).
On January 18, the meeting of MEP retried staff for exchange of greetings for the Spring Festival was held in Beijing. Minister Zhou Shengxian was present and sent regards to the retired staff. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing introduced the progress made in environmental protection during the 11th Five-Year Plan period and the experience over the past five years, the environmental protection work in 2010 as well as the guidelines of the 2011 National Working Conference on Environmental Protection. Nearly 200 retired staff of MEP and its affiliated institutions attended the meeting, so did leading Party member and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin. Leading officials from relevant MEP departments were also present.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met in Beijing with a delegation headed by Hong Kong's Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau. Both sides had talks about issues of common concern, including bilateral environmental cooperation and information sharing by nuclear power plants on nuclear and radiation safety.
On the same day, MEP began to seek opinions on Technical Specifications for Environmental Monitoring Information Transferring (exposure draft).
On the same day, MEP released the amended Assessment Indicators for National Environmental Protection Model Cities and the Implementation Rules (sixth phase), in order to do well in building national environmental protection model cities in a new era.
On January 19, MEP released the 61st group of vehicle and engine producers, products, and pollution control devices in compliance with Light-type Vehicle Emission Limit and Measurement Method (national III, IV stages) (GB18352.3-2005), Compression-ignition Engine, Sparkle-ignition Engine and Vehicle Emission Limit and Measurement Method (national III, IV, and V phases) (GB17691-2005) and Motor Vehicle Emission Limit and Measurement Method (mode test cycle, national phase III) (GB14622-2007), as well as the 37th group of vehicle and engine producers, products, and pollution control devices in compliance with the national IV phase emission limit.
On January 20, MEP printed and distributed Notice on Strengthening the Prevention and Control of Mercury Pollution in PVC Production by Calcium Carbide Process and Related Industries.
From January 24 to 28, the second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury (INC2) was held in Chiba, Japan. It was organized by UNEP, and representatives from the world countries and international organizations were presented and had substantial talks on the factors to be included in the instrument on Mercury. The first session was held in Sweden in July 2010. There are still three sessions ahead according to relevant arrangements, in order to reach a global illegally binding instrument on Mercury in early 2013. A Chinese Government delegation headed by MEP attended this session, including members from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NDRC, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Land Resources, National Energy Administration, State Food and Drug Administration, China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association, China Electricity Council (CEC), China Non-Ferrous Metals Industry Association, Peking University and Tsinghua University. Head of the delegation and Director General of MEP Department of International Cooperation Xu Qinghua introduced China's basic position and proposition on the factors.
On January 25, MEP released the list of entities qualified for environmental impact assessment for construction projects (the 12th Group in 2010).
On the same day, MEP announced a hearing on the qualifications for environmental monitoring services.
On January 26, MEP printed and distributed the Notice on Doing Well in the Quantitative Assessment for Integrated Environmental Treatment in Nationwide Cities in 2011.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed Measures on Calculation of the Pollutant Amount from Outlets of Pollution Sources under National Monitoring Program and Outline of the National Environmental Publicity and Education Work in 2011.
On January 27, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian paid a visit to senior leader Qu Geping and sent his sincere regards and greetings for the upcoming Spring Festival.
On the same day, as entrusted by Minister Zhou Shengxian, Vice Minister Zhou Jian went to visit Red Army veteran Cheng Bin in hospital. He conveyed the regards of Minister Zhou and on behalf of MEP leading Party Group, expressed sincere regards and greetings for the Spring Festival.
On the same day, MEP and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine jointly approved one national emission standard, Emission Standards of Pollutants from Rare Earths Industry, which would go into effect as of October 1, 2011, for the purpose of preventing and controlling pollution, protecting and improving the ecological environment, and safeguarding people's health.
On January 28, as entrusted by Minister Zhou Shengxian, Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing went to Chongqing Municipality to extend greetings to the environmental protection departments and on behalf of the leading Party Group, sent regards to the community level environmental monitoring staff on the upcoming Spring Festival.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Notice on Lifting the Supervision on Some Environmental Violation Cases in Hunan Province and Other Local Areas.
From January 28 to 29, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun went to Siping City, Jilin Province, to send regards and greetings for the upcoming Spring Festival to community level environmental supervisors, on behalf of the leading Party Group and Minister Zhou Shengxian. Head of Jilin provincial EPB Wang Guocai, Party Chief of Siping City Liu Xijie, and Mayor Shi Guoxiang attended the event.
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