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Calendar in August 2015
On Jul. 29, the Central Committee of the CPC approved the decision to appoint Comrade Pan Yue as Vice Secretary of the Leading Party Group, MEP. 
Between Aug. 6 and 7, the 2015 annual academic meeting of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences was held in Shenzhen Municipality, Guangdong Province in South China. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing spoke at the meeting. 
News on Aug. 12-The State Council General Office printed and distributed of late the Programme for Development of Eco-environment Monitoring Network. 
On Aug. 13, Minister Chen Jining went on an inspection tour in Beijing about air pollution control. He went to a field trip to the heat supply center of the east wing of Tongzhou District Economic Development Zone and Tongzhou New Town Heat Supply Company, and listened to a report on the air pollution control effort of Beijing Municipality as well as opinions and suggestions about it at a symposium. Zhang Gong, a standing member & secretary general of the CPC Beijing municipal committee and Vice Mayor of the municipal government, accompanied Chen in the tour and chaired the symposium. 
On the same day, after hearing the news on an explosion from a fire to the stockpiled hazardous chemicals in the warehouse owned by Ruihai International Logistics Company under Tianjin Port Group in Binhai New District, Tianjin, Minister Chen Jining made arrangements as soon as possible, and asked Vice Minister Zhai Qing to head on his behalf a team of emergency responders and experts to rush to the scene of the accident in Binhai New District at dawn. The team surveyed the scene as quickly as they could to figure out the impact of environmental pollution after the accident, and convened a meeting to propose the requirements for emergency response in the next step. 
On Aug. 16, Minister Chen Jining rushed to the scene of the “8•12” blast in Binhai New District, Tianjin, heard a report on the progress of handling the accident, checked the environmental emergency response efforts, and expressed regards to the officials, staff, experts, and technicians at the frontline. Vice Minister Zhai Qing and Vice Mayor of Tianjin Wang Hongjiang accompanied Chen in his visit. 
News on Aug. 17-The General Offices of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council printed and distributed of late the “Measures on the Accountability of Party and Government Leading Officials for Eco-environment Damages” (on trial). 
On the same day, the team for area-wide cooperation on air pollution control of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area held a thematic meeting in Beijing, to make mobilization and arrangements for the air quality support for the activities celebrating the 70th anniversary of the victory in the War of Resistance against Japan & World Anti-fascist War. A member of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary General of CPC Beijing municipal committee Guo Jinlong, MEP Minister Chen Jining, Vice Secretary of CPC Beijing municipal committee and Mayor Wang Anshun, and Vice Secretary of CPC Hebei provincial committee and Governor Zhang Qingwei attended the meeting. 
Between Aug. 18 and 20, Minister Chen Jining went to Tianjin blast scene once again, held a meeting to hear report on the latest developments of environmental emergency response, and inquired about and studied the feature air pollutants, disposal of cyanide-containing wastewater, prevention and control of soil environment risks, and emergency preparedness for rainstorms. He also checked the blast scene, instructed the monitoring and response effort, and sent regards to the emergency monitoring experts and technicians from the local environmental protection departments elsewhere. Vice Minister Zhai Qing and Vice Mayor of Tianjin Yin Hailin accompanied Chen in these activities. 
On Aug. 20, MEP Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Li Ganjie met in Beijing with Danny Roderick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westinghouse Electric Company. The two sides exchanged views on issues of common concern, including the progress in the AP1000 nuclear power projects, China-U.S. cooperation on nuclear power and nuclear safety cooperation. 
On Aug. 25, MEP organized the 2015 Symposium of Director Generals of EPDs/EPBs, to study and implement the new decisions, arrangements, and requirements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment, analyze and estimate the environmental trends, focus on key tasks, and develop the 13th Five-Year Plan for environmental protection. Minister Chen Jining spoke at the symposium. Vice Minister Pan Yue, Chief of the Discipline Inspection Group Zhou Ying, a member of the Leading Party Group and Director General of the Department of Human Resources and Institutional Affairs He Jie, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the event. Leading officials of the EPDs of provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, cities separately listed in State plans, and sub-provincial cities, Liaohe River and Linghe Rivrer Nature Reserve Administrations, as well as of the internal departments of MEP also participated. 
On Aug. 27, Minister Chen Jining chaired the ministerial executive meeting, to convey the guidelines of a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee and the executive meeting of the State Council on the severe blast accident of a hazardous chemical warehouse owned by Ruihai International Logistics Company in Tianjin Port on Aug. 12, circulate the progress in emergency response, and make plans for the next step. Vice Minister Pan Yue, Chief of the Discipline Inspection Group Zhou Ying, Vice Ministers Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, a member of the Leading Party Group and Director General of the Department of Human Resources and Institutional Affairs He Jie, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the meeting. 
On Aug. 28, MEP Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Li Ganjie headed a team to launch general inspection on nuclear and radiation safety in relevant institutions in Beijing. 
On the morning of Aug. 29, the 16th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th NPC held an inter-group meeting, inquiring the enforcement inspection team of the Standing Committee about the inspection on enforcement of water pollution control law. Minister Chen Jining and Vice Minister Zhai Qing attended the meeting. Minister Chen responded to the inquiries about water pollution control effort. 
On the same day, the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution”, which was amended and adopted by the 16th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th NPC, shall go to effect as of Jan.1, 2016. 
On Aug. 31, the central team of the Leading Party Group of MEP organized the second study session on the “three stricts and three honests” campaign. Secretary General of the Leading Party Group and Minister Chen Jining chaired the session. Vice Minister Pan Yue, Chief of the Discipline Inspection Group Zhou Ying, Vice Ministers Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, a member of the Leading Party Group and Director General of the Department of Human Resources and Institutional Affairs He Jie, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the study session. Leading officials of the internal departments, regional offices, and affiliated institutions also participated. 

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