On February 1, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired a MEP executive meeting. The meeting reviewed and approved in principle the National 12th Five-Year Plan for Prevention and control of POP Pollution of Major Industries. It approved in principle the review comments on approving Jurong City in Jiangsu Province as a National Model City on Environmental Protection as well as opinions on environmental protection of RIA of some construction projects or companies applying for public listing or refinancing. Vice ministers such as Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian and Li Ganjie; Ms. Fu Wenjuan, head of Discipline Inspection Group of CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in MEP; members of MEP Leading Party Members Group Hu Baolin and He Jie, Wan Bentai, MEP Chief Engineer and Xu Qinghua, Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP released 12 national environmental reference samples including the "Chloroalkene (Five Kinds ) Mixed Gases Reference Material in Nitrogen".
On February 3, MEP printed out and distributed the Main Work on National Environment Publication and Education in 2012.
On February 6, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Executive President of GIZ in Berlin, Germany.
On the same day, MEP printed out and distributed the 2012 National Major Work on Environmental Monitoring.
On February 6-7, Ms. Fu Wenjuan, head of Discipline Inspection Group of CPC Central Committee on Discipline Inspection in MEP visited Guizhou Province to investigate the development of ecological civilization. During the site investigation, Fu Wenjuan exchanged views with Mr. Mu Degui, Vice Governor of Guizhou Province.
On February 7, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Mr. Norbert Röttgen, Minister of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Berlin, Germany. The two sides exchanged their views on issues such as the latest environmental protection policy of China, China-Germany environmental cooperation and the Fourth China-Germany Environment Forum.
On the same day, MEP printed out and distributed the 2012 National Major Work on Environmental Policies and Legal System.
On February 8, the Fourth China-EU Ministerial Dialogue on Environmental Policy was held in EU Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Mr. Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for the Environment attended the meeting. After the meeting, Minister Zhou Shengxian and Mr. Janez Potocnik jointly signed the Minute of the Fourth China-EU Ministerial Dialogue on Environmental Policy. Mr. Wu Hailong, China Ambassador to EU and Mr. Xu Qinghua, MEP Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety and DG of Department of International Cooperation attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP suspended the acceptance and review of environment impact statements of any construction projects other than pollution prevention and control projects and circular economy projects in Hechi City of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
On the same day, MEP awarded Jurong City of Jiangsu Province the title of "National Model City on Environmental Protection".
On February 13, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Ms. Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor and Minister of Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Telecommunications in Beijing. They exchanged their views on issues such as the latest environmental protection policy of China and China-Swiss environmental cooperation.
On February 14, MEP Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Li Ganjie attended the Six Meeting of China-Pakistan Steering Committee on Nuclear Safety Cooperation held in Fuzhou and met with Mr. Habib, Chairman of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
On February 15, MEP printed out and distributed the 2012 Major Work on National Ecological Conservation and Rural Environmental Protection.
On February 16, Mr. Qu Qinghua, MEP Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety and Director of MEP Office on Hong Kang and Macao Affairs met with a Hong Kang delegation headed by Hong Kang EPA Director Edward Yau in Beijing. The two sides exchanged their views on issues of common concern in the field of environmental protection.
On February 20, MEP printed out and distributed the Regulations on Making the Labels for National Surface Water Monitoring Station, Automatic Air Monitoring Station and Environmental Monitoring Vehicles.
During February 20-23, the 12th Special Session of UNEP Governing Council & Global Ministerial Environment Forum was held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Chinese Government delegation headed by Mr. Qu Qinghua, MEP Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety and DG of Department of International Cooperation with members from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MEP and Chinese Mission to UNEP attended the meeting.
On February 21, MEP and Ministry of Science & Technology held a meeting on environment science & technology in Beijing. Mr. Wan Gang, Vice Chairman of CPPCC and Minister of Science & Technology attended the meeting and delivered a speech. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the meeting. Vice Minister Wang Weizhong from Ministry of Science & Technology and MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai attended the meeting. Before the meeting, Zhou Shengxian accompanying Minister Wan Gang visited China National Environmental Monitoring Center and Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences.
During February 21-22, MEP held national meeting on National Meeting on Environmental Law Enforcement in Kiafeng, Henan Province. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the meeting and gave a speech. Vice Governor Zhang Dawei of Henan Province attended the meeting and delivered a speech.
On February 23, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Tuomo Puumala, Vice Chairman of Finland Center Party in Beijing. They exchanged their views on areas such as the new path to environmental protection with Chinese characteristics, emission reduction, climate change, nuclear safety policy and China-Finland environmental cooperation.
On February 24, entrusted by MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, relevant officials in charge from MEP Bureau of Environment Supervision went to Laiwu City, Shandong Province to express sympathy and solicitude for Qi Qingjiang, Vice Director of Environmental Protection Bureau of Gangcheng District, Laiwu City who was injured when he checked and closed down illegal individual workshops for iron smelting.
On the same day, MEP put Shuangtaikekou Nature Reserve in Liaoning Province and Mashan National Nature Reserve in Shandong Province on black list due to their environmental infringements.
On February 27, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Ms. Carmen Martinez Ten, President of Spain Nuclear Safety Council in Beijing. The two sides exchanged their views on issues such as strengthening China-Spain cooperation on nuclear safety.
On February 28, the meeting on promoting the implementation of Special Major Scientific Research Project on Prevention and Control of Water Pollution (Special Project on Water Pollution) & signing ceremony for the cooperation agreement between MEP and relevant provinces was held in Beijing. Zhou Shengxian, head of the Leading Group on Special Project on Water Pollution (LGSPWP) and MEP Minister chaired the signing ceremony and delivered a speech. Vice Minister Wang Weizhong from Ministry of Science & Technology addressed the meeting. Mr. Chou Baoxing, deputy head of the LGSPWP and Vice Minister of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Mr. Wu Xiaoqing, member of LGSPWP and MEP Vice Minister on behalf of the LGSPWP head organizations signed the cooperation agreement between MEP and relevant provinces with the heads of government of Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, Shanghai, Yunnan Province, Kunming, Liaoning Province, Jilin Province and Heilongjiang Province. Five officials including Vice Governor Xu Ming from Jiangsu Province delivered their speeches.
On the same day, MEP held the National Teleconference on Environmental Complaints by Letters and Visits. MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian attended the meeting and gave a speech. Mr. Hu Baolin, a member of MEP Leading Party members Group and DG of the General Office reported the work on environmental complaints by letters and visits in 2011 and made arrangements for relevant work in 2012.
On the same day, MEP printed out and distributed the 2012 National Major Work on Scientific & Technological Standards for Environmental Protection.
On February 29, Premier Wen Jiabao chaired an executive meeting of the State Council. The meeting agreed the release of newly amended Ambient Air Quality Standard and arranged major work on comprehensive prevention and control of air pollution.
On the same day, MEP and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine jointly released the national Ambient Air Quality Standard (GB3095-2012). MEP released the Technical Specifications for Ambient Air Quality Index (AQI) (Trial). The two standards will go into effect as of January 1, 2016.
On the same day, MEP printed out and distributed the circular on Implementation of Ambient Air Quality Standard (GB3095-2012).
On the same day, MEP approved five national environmental protection standards including Soil—Determination of Ammonia Nitrogen, Nitrogen in Nitrite or Nitrates—Potassium Chloride Solution Extraction — Spectrophotometry, which shall go into effect as of June 1, 2012.
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