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Calendar in Dec. 2015

On Dec. 4, MEP adopted Water Quality-Ascarid Ova Determination-Nature Sedimentation Method and another four national environmental protection standards, which shall take effect as of January 1, 2016.

On the same day, MEP adopted two national environmental protection standards including Environmental Protection Technical Requirement for Standardized Construction of the Centralized Drinking Water Sources, which shall take effect as of March 1, 2016.

On Dec. 5, the joint meeting among directors of environmental planning academies (institutes) & the symposium on drafting the 13th Five-Year Plan for environmental protection was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Li Ganjie spoke at the events.

On Dec. 6, Minister Chen Jining chaired a meeting to analyze the causes and effects of the upcoming haze spell, work on and make plans for the emergency response, and discuss the establishment of a long-term mechanism on cooperative emergency responses to heavy pollution weather events in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding area.

On Dec. 7, MEP released the 2015 National Inventory of State-of-Art Demonstration Technologies for Pollution Control (water pollution control) and the Inventory of Environmental Technologies Stimulated by the Central Government (water pollution control).

On the night of the same day, considering the haze in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding area, Minister Chen Jining chaired a thematic meeting, required further supervision and inspection in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding area, and decided to send two more inspection teams to Henan Province.

On Dec. 8, Minister Chen Jining chaired the ministerial executive meeting, which heard report on the progress in the early stage preparations for the second national general survey on pollution sources, and considered and adopted in principle the Measures for the Interim and Post-Supervision of Environmental Management of Construction Projects (on trial) (draft), the Administrative Regulations on National Model Districts for Promoting Ecological Progress (on trial) (draft), and the Indicators for Measuring National Model Counties and Cities for Promoting Ecological Progress (on trial) (draft). Vice Ministers Pan Yue and Wu Xiaoqing, Leader of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Team Zhou Ying, Vice Ministers Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing, and Chief Engineer Zhao Yingmin attended the meeting. Leading officials from the Ministry’s relevant departments observed the meeting.

On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Administrative Measures for National Environmental Protection Engineering Technology Centers.

On Dec. 10, MEP released an announcement to cancel the registration and filing system targeting detergent additive for vehicular gasoline, which shall be effective as of the date of release.

On Dec. 11, MEP printed and distributed the Program of the Mechanism for Sharing Information on Environmental Impact Assessment of Construction Projects, and the Measures for the Interim and Post-Supervision of Environmental Management of Construction Projects (on trial).

On the same day, MEP, NDRC, and National Energy Administration printed and distributed the Work Program for Launching Full-scale Upgrading Projects in Coal-fired Power Plants on Ultralow Emission and Energy Conservation.

On Dec. 14, MEP adopted the Soil and Sediment-Determination of Inorganic Element- Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (HJ 780-2015) and another standard as national environmental standards, which shall be effective as of February 1, 2016.

On Dec. 15, Green Finance Workshop among China, Japan, and Republic of Korea was held in Jinan Municipality, capital city of Shandong Province in East China. Vice Minister Li Ganjie and Deputy Governor of Shandong Province Zhang Wufeng delivered remarks at the workshop.

On the same day, the Environmental Science and Technology Award Committee granted 63 projects the 2015 annual Environmental Protection Science and Technology Award.

Between Dec. 15 and 17, the 2015 appraisal meeting of national nature reserves was held in Beijing. Vice Minister and Director of the appraisal committee Li Ganjie delivered remarks.

On Dec. 17, MEP, MOC, and MOST printed and distributed the Administrative Measures on National Ecological Industry Model Parks/Zones. The former Administrative Measures on National Ecological Industry Model Parks/Zones (on trial) was abolished as of this day.

On Dec. 19, Minister Chen Jining chaired a thematic meeting to consult on the response to heavy pollution weather spells, and required continuing to tighten monitoring and early warning, offering more guidance to local efforts, stepping up inspection, responding to heavy pollution weather events, and sharing information in a timely fashion.

Between Dec. 19 and 20, China Ecological Civilization Forum Fuzhou Annual Conference was held in Fuzhou Municipality, capital city of Fujian Province in East China. Jiang Chunyun, Chief Consultant to Chinese Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association (CECRPA), delivered remarks in writing. Chen Zongxing, President of CECRPA and Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the 11th CPPCC, delivered remarks at the event. Vice Minister Li Ganjie gave a keynote speech. Zhu Guangyao, Executive Vice Chairman of CECRPA anchored the opening ceremony and gave a closing speech.

On Dec. 22, MEP printed and distributed a circular on Environmental Access Conditions of Construction Projects on Modern Coal Chemical Industry (on trial).

On the same day, MEP released a bulletin on abolishment of the Circular on Deepening the Pilot Projects on Permanent Environmental Inspectors in Firms.

On Dec. 24, MEP announced five guidance documents-Technical Policies on Prevention and Control of Pollution by Dioxins from Key Industries, Technical Policies on Prevention and Control of Pollution by Synthetic Ammonia Industry, Technical Policies on Prevention and Control of Pollution by Arsenic, Technical Policies on Prevention and Control of Pollution by Chromate Industry, and Technical Policies on Prevention and Control of Pollution by Mercury.

On Dec. 25, the first general assembly of the CPC Committee of the Departments under Ministry of Environmental Protection was held in Beijing. Chen Jining, the Secretary of the Leading Party Group and Minister of Environmental Protection; Yao Zhiping, Vice Secretary of Work Committee of the Central Government Departments under the CPC Central Committee; and Pan Yue, Vice Secretary of the Leading Party Group, Vice Minister, and Secretary of the interim CPC Committee of the Departments under MEP, spoke at the assembly. Zhou Ying, a member of the Leading Party Group of MEP and leader of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Team; Leading Party Members and Vice Ministers Li Ganjie and Zhai Qing; Chief Engineer Zhao Yingmin, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Liu Hua attended the event. Over 130 representatives of the Party members from the CPC Committee of the Departments under MEP attended the assembly. Another 20 representatives observed the event.

On Dec. 29, MEP printed and distributed the Measures for the Identification and Handling of Environmental Monitoring Data Fraud.

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