On Aug. 29, the 9th leading group meeting of water program was held in Beijing. Entrusted by head of the leading group for water program, also MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, the No.1 executive of the program, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing and Vice Minister for Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Wang Ning co-chaired the meeting. Vice Minister for Education, Du Zhanyuan, representatives of the member organizations of the leading group as well as members of the leading group from MEP attended the meeting.
On Sep.1, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with a delegation led by Say Sam Al, Cambodian Environment Minister in Beijing and exchanged views with them on bilateral cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
On the same day, MEP, NDRC and Ministry of Finance jointly issued Circular on Issues Concerning Adjusting Charging Standard of Pollution Discharge Fees.
On Sep. 2, the 2nd inter-ministerial meeting on prevention and control of heavy metal pollution was held in Beijing. The meeting reviewed the mid-term assessment report on the 12th Five-Year Plan for Comprehensive Prevention and Control of Heavy Metal Pollution and made arrangement for plan implementation of the next stage. Entrusted by MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, MEP Vice Minister Zhai Qing chaired the meeting and made remarks.
On Sep. 3, MEP released two national standards on environmental protection including Water quality -Determination of yellow phosphorus-Gas chromatography method and Solid Waste— Determination of Mercury, Arsenic, Selenium, Bismuth, Antimony— Microwave Dissolution / Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry. The standards will take effect as of Nov. 1, 2014.
On Sep. 4, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO and exchanged views with him on environmental issues of common concern.
On the same day, MEP issued Guidelines on Monitoring Technologies for Source Identification of Ambient Air Particulate Matter (on trial), Work Plan for National Trial Monitoring of Rural Environmental Quality and Technical Plan for National Trial Monitoring of Rural Environmental Quality.
On Sep. 9, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Ms. Kirsten Brosbol, Danish Minister for the Environment in Beijing. They exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern and signed an agreement on environmental cooperation
On Sep. 10, the 2014 Changbai Mountain International Ecological Forum of China, which was jointly sponsored by MEP, State Forestry Administration, and the people's government of Jilin Province, opened on Changbai Mountain, Jilin Province in northeast China. MEP Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech.
From Sep. 10-12, the 9th Meeting of China-Russia Environmental Protection Sub-committee of the Committee of China-Russia Prime Ministers' Regular Meeting was held in Moscow, Russia. The Chinese Co-chair, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Russian Co-chair, Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation, Sergei Donskoi, led a delegation respectively to the meeting. During the meeting, Zhou Shengxian and Sergei Donskoi held a discussion. They signed the minutes after the meeting.
On Sep. 11, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, also the Chinese Co-chair of the Environmental Protection Cooperation Subcommittee of the Committee of China-Russia Prime Ministers' Regular Meeting, who was attending the 9th meeting of the subcommittee in Moscow, Russia, met with Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Plenipotentiary of Russia President in Far East Federal District upon invitation. Sergei Donskoi, Russian Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment was present during the meeting.
On Sep. 12, the launching ceremony and symposium on serial events for legal guarantee of ecological environment was held in Beijing. The symposium was jointly held by MEP and China Law Society. Former member of the CPC Political Bureau, Chairman of China Law Society Wang Lequan attended the meeting and made remarks. The meeting was chaired by Chen Jiping, Secretary of the leading party group and Executive Vice Chairman of China Law Society. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue made summary remarks. Vice Chairman of China Law Society Zhang Wenxian attended the meeting.
On Sep. 15, MEP and five ministries including NDRC, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Commerce jointly issued 2014 Implementing Plan on Elimination of Yellow-label Vehicles and Obsolete Vehicles.
On Sep. 16, the 10 Forum on Environment and Development and the 6th China (International) Exhibition on the Achievements of Building an Environment-friendly Society & 2014 China International Ecological Environment Technology and Equipment Expo were held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting and made remarks.
On the same day, the on-site meeting on the trial work of preparing contingency plan for heavy pollution weather & regional meeting on environmental supervision in North China opened in Baoding, Hebei Province. Entrusted by MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian, Vice Minister Zhai Qing attended the meeting and made remarks.
On the same day, MEP released two national environmental standards including Soil and sediment—Determination of phenolic compounds —Gas chromatography and Soil quality—Determination of available phosphorus—Sodium hydrogen carbonate solution-Mo-Sb anti spectrophotometric method. The two standards will take effect as of December 1, 2014.
On the same day, MEP issued a communication on handling of 31 EIA institutes employing EIA engineers.
On Sep. 17-18, China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum opened in Nanning, Guangxi. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie, Vice Chairman of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Tang Renjian and senior officials at vice minister's level of ASEAN member countries attended the forum and gave speeches by invitation.
On Sep. 22, National Workshop on Environmental Policies and Laws was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Pan Yue attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Sep. 25, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired ministerial executive meeting, listening to report on the reform of environmental inspection of listed companies, deliberating and adopting in principle the opinions of EIA review of some construction projects. Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Wu Xiaoqing, 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 MEP departments observed the meeting.
On the same day, MEP Secretary of leading party group, Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired a study (enlarged) session of the central group of the leading party group, studying and conveying the important speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping made when he listened to the report of people's mass line education practice by officials from Lankao county party committee and the party committee of Henan Province as well as the essence of related documents of the central government. MEP Vice Ministers Pan Yue, Wu Xiaoqing, 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 MEP departments observed the meeting.
On the same day, the 2014 workshop on environmental protection and public participation was held in Hangzhou. MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue made remarks.
On the same day, the 2014 Review Meeting on Environmental Science & Technology Award opened in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Sep. 26, MEP, NDRC and Ministry of Finance jointly issued the General Plan for the Protection of Ecological Environment of Lakes with Good Water Quality (2013-2020).
On Sep. 28, MEP issued Technical requirement for environmental labeling products Printing–Recess printing as national standard on environmental protection, which will take effect as of Dec. 1, 2014.
On the same day, MEP issued Circular on Issues concerning Pollution Discharge Declaration and Collection of Pollution Discharge Fees.