On Aug. 1, MEP held a teleconference on mobilizing environmental inspection for the Olympic Games. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun made a speech at the meeting. Approximately 170 people participated in the meeting at different venues including EPBs of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shandong Province and Environmental Supervision Centers in East China, South China, Northwest and Northeast China.
On the same day MEP named a group of counties (cities and districts) as National Ecological County (City or District) such as Miyun County and Yanqing County of Beijing, Taicang City of Jiangsu Province, Rongcheng City of Shandong Province and Yantian Dist. of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.
On the same day MEP and Ministry of Supervision decided on a joint supervision of rectification of five environmental violations including No. 1 Reclaimed Rubber Factory of Anren County, Chenzhou, Hunan Province.
On Aug. 5, the inauguration ceremony of Beijing Environment Exchange was held in Beijing. Vice Chair of CPPCC, Zhang Meiying, Vice Minister of MEP Li Ganjie and Vice Mayor of Beijing Ji Lin unveiled the plate.
On Aug. 7, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with a delegation headed by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in Beijing. Both sides thoroughly exchanged views on further cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
On the same day MEP announced the Notice on Implementing the National Standard for Phase III Emission and Fuel Evaporation of Motorcycles and Mopeds.
On Aug. 14, the pilot work on compensated use and trade of water pollutant discharge permit in Taihu Lake was launched in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province. Vice Minister for Finance Zhang Shaochun, MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun and Executive Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province Zhao Ke attended the launching ceremony.
On the same day MEP held a plate-awarding ceremony in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province to officially name the city as national model city on environmental protection (NMCEP). Vice Minister Zhang Lijun awarded the plate.
On Aug. 24, the 29th Olympic Games closed in Beijing in success. Environmental monitoring data showed that from Aug. 8 to Aug. 24, 99% of the days had good or fairly good air quality in the hosting cities and Beijing's air quality met good or fairly good standard in all those days. Slight pollution occurred once in Shanghai on Aug. 14. As for ozone concentration, only Shanghai saw some excessive ozone in sporadical periods. Ozone level in other cities all met the standard. Water quality of surface water in these cities remained normal.
On Aug. 25, MEP, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science and Technology approved the establishment of national eco industrial parks in Shanghai Jinqiao Export Processing Zone, Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone, Huayuan Industrial Park of Tianjin New Technology Industrial Park and Kunming High-tech Industrial Development District.
On Aug. 28, MEP granted the title of National Environment-Friendly Enterprise to 6 enterprises including Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.
On Aug. 29, the 4th Session of the 11th Standing Committee of the NPC closed in Beijing. The meeting adopted Law on the Promotion of Circular Economy by a vote, which will take effect upon Jan. 1, 2009.
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