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Calendar in March 2012
On March 1, MEP issued the Circular on Doing a Good Job in the Quantitative Assessment System of Integrated Improvement of Urban Environment in 2012.
On March 7, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the plenary session of the Beijing delegation of the 5th Session of the 11th National People's Congress as a nonvoting member.
On the same day, MEP held a meeting for recognition & experience sharing among female staff in the environmental system to mark March 8 International Working Women's Day. Head of Discipline Inspection Group, Permanent Office of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in MEP, also Member of the 10th Executive Committee of All China Women's Federation, Fu Wenjuan attended the meeting and presented awards to honored representatives.
On the same day, MEP issued three guiding documents including the Technical Policy on Pollution Prevention and Control for Lead-Zinc Smelting Industry, Technical Policy on Pollution Prevention and Control for Oil & Gas Exploration and Technical Policy on Pollution Prevention and Control for Pharmaceutical Industry. 
On March 8, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) held an inception meeting in Beijing on regional air quality control system. MEP Vice Minister, Secretary General of CCICED, Li Ganjie attended the meeting and made remarks.
On March 16, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Italian Minister for the Environment and Land and Sea, Corrado Clini. They thoroughly exchanged views on environmental issues and signed a MOU on China-Italy Environmental Cooperation.
On March 19, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial executive meeting, which deliberated and adopted Measures on Budgetary Management of Departments of MEP, Measures on Management of Capital Construction Projects of MEP, Temporary Measures on State-owned Assets Management of MEP Affiliates, Measures on Management of Business Communication Expenses of MEP, Measures on Management of Travel Expenses of MEP and 12th Five-Year Plan for Prevention and Control of Pollution from Hazardous Waste. The meeting passed the environmental audit opinions of 5 applicants for going public. Participants of the meeting included MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue, Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing and Li Ganjie, head of Discipline Inspection Group, Permanent Office of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in MEP Fu Wenjuan, member of the leading Party members'group, Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Xu Qinghua. Principals of related departments also observed the meeting.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun met with former US Defence Minister, President of the Cohen Group, William Cohen and a delegation from Pfizer. They exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met with Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont Ms. Ellen Kullman. They exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.
On the same day, MEP issued Circular on Environmental Audit of Companies Dealing with Lead Acid Battery and Secondary Lead.
On the same day, MEP approved 7 environmental standards as national standards for environmental protection including Technical Specifications for Pulp and Paper Industry Wastewater Treatment, which would take effect as of June 1, 2012.
On March 20, MEP and 8 other state departments under the State Council jointly held a teleconference in Beijing. The meeting aimed to arrange the 2012 special campaign on rectifying illegal polluters and safeguarding public health. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian made a mobilization speech on behalf of the nine departments. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun chaired the meeting. Principals from NDRC, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Supervision and State Administration of Work Safety made concrete requirement on the special campaign.
On March 21, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Danish Ambassador to China Friis Arne Petersen in Beijing. They exchanged views on environmental issues.
On the same day, MEP decided to pass the review on Daqing City as national model city on environmental protection and regranted the title to the city.
On March 22, a training for human resource work among environmental system was held in Beijing. Member of the leading Party members' group, Director General of Department of Human Resources He Jie attended the meeting and made remarks.
On the same day, MEP held a workshop on joint prevention and control of regional air pollution in the Pearl River Delta in Guangzhou City. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun and Vice Governor of Guangdong Province Xu Ruisheng attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP issued the Circular on Intensifying Environmental Audit on Key Industries and Furthering Industrial Pollution Prevention and Control.
On March 23, a workshop was held in Shanghai on environmental management of construction projects in trunk airports in some provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities). MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting and made remarks. 
On the same day, MEP issued the Opinions on Strengthening Capacity Building in Monitoring Air Quality.
On the same day, MEP released 2011 Annul Report on Disclosure of Government Information.
On March 26, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with former French Prime Minister, Vice President of the Senate Jean-Pierre Raffarin in Beijing. They exchanged views on environmental issues.
On March 27, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with former US Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson in Beijing. They exchanged views on environmental issues.
On the same day, a workshop on establishing a mechanism on common responsibility for law enforcement and supervision by six ministries was held in Beijing. MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai attended the meeting and made remarks.
On the same day, the fourth coordinators meeting under the MOU on environmental cooperation between MEP and Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment was held in Hague, the Netherlands. MEP Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety and Director General of Department of International Cooperation Xu Qinghua led the Chinese delegation to the meeting.
On March 29, MEP Vice Minister and Administrator of National Nuclear Safety Administration Li Ganjie met with IAEA Deputy Director General Denis Flory in Beijing. They exchanged views on strengthening nuclear safety cooperation and topics of the fifth review meeting of contracting parties to Convention on Nuclear Safety with regard to Fukushima nuclear accident.
On the same day, MEP approved six standards as national standards for environmental protection including the Technical Requirement for Environmental Labeling Products Paper Shredder, which would take effect as of June 1, 2012.
On March31, the second national conference on environmental science and technology was held in Beijing. Member of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of CPC, Vice Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang and Member of the Central Political Bureau of CPC, State Councilor Liu Yandong made important instructions on the work of environmental science and technology. Vice Chairman of CPPCC Zhang Rongming attended the meeting. Vice Chairman of CPPCC, Minister for Science and Education Wan Gang also made important instructions on environmental science and technology work. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the meeting and delivered an important speech. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing chaired the meeting. Principals from Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee, NPC, the Committee of Population, Resources and Environment of CPPCC and related state departments and research institutes attended the meeting. Participants of the meeting also included members of the National Environmental Advisory Board and Science and Technology Commission of MEP, principals of EPBs of all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and cities specifically designated in state plans, Environmental Protection Bureau of the PLA, Environmental Protection Bureau of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, Administration of Liaohe Protected Area, leaders of all departments of MEP, its outposts and affiliates, provincial academies of environmental sciences, key national laboratories for environmental protection and engineering technology centers, advanced organizations and individuals in environmental science and technology in the 11th Five-Year Plan period and representatives from organizations honored with National Award on Environmental Science and Technology.
On the same day, MEP issued the Guidelines on Protection of Concentrated Drinking Water Sources (on trial).

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