On Jan 5, SEPA issued the circular to ban the use of seals crowned with "National Environmental Protection Bureau"[No. 4 (2005) by the General Office].
On Jan 11, SEPA issued the circular on approval of Shanghai Zhangjiang High-tech Park being State Demo-zone for ISO14000 [Correspondence No. 18 (2005)].
On Jan 13, SEPA issued the circular [Correspondence No. 18 (2005)] to announce the suspension of 30 large projects that have failed to meet environmental standards and held the press conference on Jan 18. This is the first time for SEPA to announce the illegal construction projects in large scale since the implementation of the Law on Environmental Impact Assessment. On Jan 21, 56 NGOs wrote a joint letter to SEPA in support strict law enforcement of SEPA.
On Jan 18, SEPA issued the circular to require EPBs at all levels to implement "Provisions on Administration of Biosafety for Pathogeny Microorganism Lab" [Reference No. 7(2005)].
On Jan 19, Minister Xie Zhenhua led the leading group of SEPA to pay the visit and condole the cadres and employees of Beijiang EP sectors at the moment of the spring festival approaching.
On Jan 20, SEPA issued the circular to strengthen hydroelectric projects construction for environmental protection [Reference No. 13(2005)].
On Jan 20, the working conference on environmental pollution control of clacium carbide ferroalloy coking industry in Shanxi, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia was convened jointly by SEPA, the State Development and Reforming Commission, the Ministry of Supervison. The mmeting approved the "Rectification Requirements for Clacium Carbide Ferroalloy Coking Industries in Shanxi, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia".
On Jan 21, SEPA commended 101 advanced collectives and 499 individuals with great contribution on cracking down illegal practices since 2001 [Reference No. 9(2005)].
On Jan 24, "The Key Tasks on Environmental Protection in 2005" was printed and distributed by SEPA [Reference No. 11(2005)].
On Jan 25-26, the National Conference on Environmental Protection in 2005 was held in Beijing. The meeting summarized the achievements on environmental protection in 2004 and deployed the tasks on environmental protection in 2005. Minister Xie Zhenhua attended and addressed the meeting. Vice Ministers Zhu Guangyao, Wang Yuqing, Wang Jirong, Pan Yue, Zhang Lijun and directors of EP sectors participated in the meeting.
On Jan 27, SEPA issued the announcement on examination of professional qualification certificates for EIA engineers in 2005 [Correspondence No. 44 (2005)].
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