On Apr. 1, Minister Chen Jining chaired the ministerial executive meeting, deliberated and adopted in principle the Identification Standards for Solid Wastes-General Rules (draft for approval) and the Control Standard on Ploy Chlorinated Biphenyls for Wastes (amendment to GB 13015-91, draft for approval). Head of the Discipline Inspection Group Zhou Ying, Vice Ministers Huang Runqiu, Zhai Qing, and Zhao Yingmin attended the meeting. The heads of the internal departments observed the meeting.
Between Apr. 2 and 5, Vice Minister Zhao Yingmin went on an inspection tour to Henan Province, Hebei Province, and Tianjin to check the local efforts against heavy air pollution.
On Apr. 4, Minister Chen Jining went on field trips to SINOPEC Beijing Yanshan Company, COFCO Wugudaochang Company, etc., to check the performances of Fangshan District of Beijing in implementing the emergency response measures against heavy air pollution.
The annual meeting of China-France Steering Committee on Nuclear Safety Cooperation was held in Paris, France. MEP Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Liu Hua and Pierre-Franck Chevet, President of Nuclear Safety Authority, co-chaired the meeting.
On Apr. 5, MEP held the teleconference on the 2017-2018 strict inspection on air pollution in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and surrounding area, making deployments for the 25 rounds of strict inspection within a year in Beijing, Tianjin and another 26 smaller cities in Hebei Province that are seated on the pollution transmission passage in this region. Minister Chen Jining met with the team leaders for the first and second rounds of strict inspection, and placed earnest aspirations on the inspection. Vice Minister Zhai Qing spoke at the teleconference.
Between Apr. 7 and 8, Vice Minister Zhai Qing went to Cangzhou Municipality of Hebei Province to check the local coordination and support efforts of the upcoming strict inspection on air pollution.
On Apr. 10, MEP printed and distributed the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for National Environmental Protection Standards.
On Apr. 17, the publicity meeting of the Thirteen Five-Year Plan and 2025 Long-range Objectives for Nuclear Safety and the Prevention and Control of Radioactive Pollution was held in Beijing. Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Liu Hua spoke at the event.
On Apr. 18, the opening session of the 2017 spring semester of MEP Party School was held in Beijing. A leading Party member and Vice Minister Zhai Qing delivered remarks at the opening session.
On Apr. 20, MEP released the Measures on the Administration of National Environmental Criteria (on trial), which shall take effect as of the day of announcement.
On Apr. 24, the 27th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress was held. On behalf of the State Council, Minister Chen Jining delivered a report on the environmental conditions in 2016, the attainment of the environmental protection goals set for 2016, the Environment Protection Law compliance inspection report and the deliberation opinions.
The third batch of the central government environmental protection inspection was launched in full scale upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. Seven inspection teams were established to head for seven provinces (municipality) for environmental inspection, including Tianjin, Shanxi, Liaoning, Anhui, Fujian, Hunan, and Guizhou.
On Apr. 25, MEP adopted the national environmental protection standard-Data Transmission Standard for Online Monitoring Systems of Pollutant (HJ 212-2017), which shall take effect as of May 1, 2017. The Standard for Data Communication of Pollution Emission Auto Monitoring System (HJ 212-2005) shall be abolished as of this date.
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