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Calendar in December 2013

On Dec. 2, MEP Vice Minister, head of National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) Li Ganjie met with Mr. Remy Autebert, Senior Vice Executive President of French Areva Group in Beijing and exchanged views with him on issues of common concern.
On Dec. 3, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial executive meeting in Beijing. The meeting listened to the report on the target of emission reduction of four pollutants for 2014, discussed the draft Action Plan on the Protection of Soil Environment and Comprehensive Remediation, reviewed and adopted in principle the opinions on EIA checkup of some construction projects. MEP Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Wu Xiaoqing, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, head of the Discipline Inspection Group in MEP Zhou Ying, Member of Leading Party Members' Group of MEP He Jie,MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting. Heads of relevant departments of MEP observed the meeting.
On the same day, MEP and Ministry of Public Security jointly held a press conference, announcing the content of Opinions on Strengthening Cooperation between Environmental Protection and Public Security Departments for Law Enforcement. The Circular requires all environmental and public security departments to step up cooperation, give full play to role of linkage advantage and build synergy to combat environmental protection c rime. 
On Dec. 5, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial meeting, reviewing and adopting in principle the Measures on Management of Certificates for Environmental Supervision Law Enforcement (Draft), Measures on Management of Certificates for Supervisors of Nuclear and Radiation Safety (Draft), Measures on Management of Permits for Storage and Disposal of Radioactive Solid Waste (Draft) and Measures on Import and Export of Ozone-depleting Substances (Draft). Ministerial leaders attending the meeting included MEP Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Wu Xiaoqing, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, Zhou Ying, head of Discipline Inspection Group, He Jie, member of the ministerial leading party members' group, Director General of MEP Department of Human Resource Management and Institutional Arrangement, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua. Officials in charge of relevant departments attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial executive meeting, reviewing and adopting in principle Measures on Emergency Response to Environmental Accidents (revised draft) and five pollution discharge standards including Emission standard of air pollutants for cement industry. Ministerial leaders attending the meeting included MEP Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Wu Xiaoqing, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, Zhou Ying, head of Discipline Inspection Group, He Jie, member of the ministerial leading party members' group, Director General of MEP Department of Human Resource Management and Institutional Arrangement, and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua. Officials in charge of relevant departments observed the meeting.
On Dec. 6, the National Inter-ministerial Coordination Meeting on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution convened in Beijing. Related localities and departments presented their implementation of the Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Air Pollution, progress of various supporting measures and their plan for air pollution control this winter. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the meeting. Deputy Secretary General of the State Council Ding Xiangyang attended the meeting and made remarks. Officials from NDRC, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Finance presented their implementation of the plan.
On Dec. 9, MEP Vice Minister Zhai Qing met with Macao SAR Government Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io in Beijing and exchanged views with him on environmental issues of common concern.
The Third Meeting of China-Kazakhstan Environmental Cooperation Commission was held in Beijing on Dec. 9-11. Chinese Chairman of the Environmental Cooperation Commission, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie and Kazakhstan Chairman, Мухамежанов,Vice Minister of Environment and Water Resources led their delegations respectively to the meeting. Li Ganjie and Мухамежанов held a small-scale talk before the meeting.
On Dec. 10, the Seminar on Comprehensive Environmental Supervision of MEP was held in Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province. MEP Vice Minister Zhai Qing attended the meeting and made important remarks.
On Dec. 16, Secretary of MEP leading Party members' group, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian today chaired an enlarged meeting of the leading Party members' group, conveying and studying the spirit of the central economic work meeting and central urbanization work conference. MEP Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, head of the Discipline Inspection Group in MEP Zhou Ying, Member of Leading Party Members' Group of MEP He Jie and Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting. Heads of other departments, MEP branches and affiliates in Beijing were also present.
On Dec. 16, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Dr. Terezya Pius Luoga Huvisa, Minister of State in the Vice President's office Environment, Tanzania in Beijing. They exchanged views on issues of common concern.
On Dec. 17-19, the review meeting on national nature reserves was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister and Chairman of the judge panel Li Ganjie attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Dec. 18, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council chaired the executive meeting of the State Council and made arrangement for a batch of major ecological programs including ecological protection of Sanjiangyuan, Qinghai Province, building comprehensive trial zone for national eco safety barrier in Gansu Province, treating sand sources of Beijing and Tianjin and water environmental management in the five big lake areas and lakes.

On the same day, MEP issued Measures on Evaluation of Corporate Environmental Creditability (on trial).

On Dec. 19, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial executive meeting, listening to report on department budget in 2014, plan for meetings and major activities in 2014 and documents on task delegation issued by MEP departments to local EPBs and deliberating and adopting Opinions on Further Strengthening Environmental Supervision (Draft). MEP Vice Ministers Wu Xiaoqing, Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, Chief Engineer on Nuclear Safety Liu Hua and comrades from the 30th supervision team of the central government attended the meeting. Heads of MEP departments and Resources and Environmental Protection Audit Office observed the meeting.

A video conference on verification of total pollution reduction in 2013 was held in Beijing on Dec. 20. MEP Vice Minister Zhai Qing made arrangement for verification of total pollution reduction in 2013.

From Dec. 23 to 24, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian led a group to Hebei Province to make a special investigation on air pollution control and visited environmental staff. Secretary of Hebei Provincial Party Committee, Zhou Benshun met with Zhou Shengxian. Provincial Governor Zhang Qingwei was present at the meeting and participated in the talk. MEP Vice Minister Zhai Qing, Member of the standing committee of Hebei Party Committee, Secretary of Shijiazhuang municipal Party Committee Sun Ruibin, Vice Governor of Hebei Province Zhang Jiehui joined the investigation or the talk.
On Dec. 25, MEP issued Catalogue on 2013 National Advanced Technologies for Pollution Prevention and Control and Catalogue on Environmental Technologies Encouraged by the National Government in 2013.
On the same day, MEP approved six national standards on environmental protection including Stationary source emission-Determination of hydrogen fluoride-Ion chromatography, Emission standard of air pollutants for cement industry and Standard for pollution control on co-processing of solid wastes in cement kiln, which will be put into effect as of March 1, 2014.
On Dec. 26, MEP issued List of Key Companies under National Monitoring Program in 2014.
On Dec. 27, MEP issued three technical guidance documents including Guideline on Available Technologies of Pollution Prevention and Control for Wood Pulping Process of Pulp and Paper Industry (on Trial), Guideline on Available Technologies of Pollution Prevention and Control for Non-Wood Pulping Process of Pulp and Paper Industry (on Trial) and Guideline on Available Technologies for Pollution Prevention and Control for Recycled Fiber Pulping and Papermaking Process of Pulp and Paper Industry (on trial).
On the same day, MEP issued six revised environmental standards such as Emission standard of pollutants for aluminum industry and Emission standard of pollutants for lead and zinc industry, which will be put into effect upon when they are promulgated.
On Dec. 30, MEP spokesperson announced the results of 2013 special environmental campaign on supervision of pharmaceutical companies and 18 illegal companies were blacklisted.
On the same day, MEP issued Measures on Management of Permits for Storage and Disposal of Radioactive Solid Waste (MEP Decree No. 25), which will be put into effect as of March 1, 2014.

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