From Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian went to Shanghai and Zhejiang for an investigation on supervision of nuclear and radiation safety. He also held meetings, seeking opinions from all sides on how to enhance supervision on nuclear and radiation and promote healthy development of nuclear energy and related technology. MEP Vice Minister, also Administrator of National Nuclear Safety Administration, Li Ganjie accompanied Minister Zhou.
On Apr. 1, MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian met with a delegation led by Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment, Environment Bureau of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in Beijing. They exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.
From Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, the second inter-ministerial and inter-provincial joint meeting on integrated management of water environment of Taiku Lake was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun addressed the meeting. Leaders of the member organizations attended the meeting including those from Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, Shanghai Municipality, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Water Resources.
On Apr. 4, MEP issued an announcement for commending advanced organizations and staff in 2008.
On Apr. 8, MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian met with a delegation led by CEO of Suez Environment, Jean-Louis Chaussade, in Beijing. They exchanged views on furthering bilateral cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
On the same day, Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with a visiting delegation from US Trade and Development Agency in Beijing, which was headed by its Acting Director Ms. Leocadia I. Zak. They exchanged views on enhancing environmental cooperation and environmental issues of common concern.
On the same day, MEP issued an Announcement on Approval and Recertification of License for Environmental Impact Assessment (the second group in 2009) according to Measures on Management of Certification for Environmental Impact Assessment of Construction Projects (Decree No. 26 of SEPA).
On the same day, MEP issued an announcement on registration and management of certified environmental impact assessment engineers.
On Apr. 9, MEP issued a notice sent by Organization Department, CCCPC, on enhancing supervision and correction of vote-seeking during adjustment of reserve officials for Party leaders.
On Apr. 10, the national inter-ministerial joint meeting on environmental protection, also workshop on water pollution control of Songhua River was held in Changchun. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the meeting and made remarks. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun chaired the meeting. Vice Party Secretary of Jilin Provincial Party Committee, also Provincial Governor Han Changbin participated in the meeting and made a speech. Vice Minister for Water Resources Hu Siyi and officials from NDRC, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Ministry of Agriculture also attended the meeting and made remarks.
On the same day, MEP approved Cleaner production standard Ferroalloy industry as national standard for environmental protection, putting into effect as of Aug. 1, 2009.
On Apr. 13, MEP issued a notice on measures on management of environmental impact assessment certifications for construction projects.
On Apr. 14, a teleconference was held in Beijing with the participation of Ministry of Environmental Protection, NDRC, Ministry of Supervision, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, State Administration for Industry and Commerce, State Administration of Work Safety and State Electricity Regulatory Commission. The meeting focused on 2009 national campaign on rectifying polluting enterprises and safeguarding people's health. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian made a speech on behalf of the eight ministries under the State Council and stressed to enhancing supervision of law enforcement in order to solve a string of pronounced environmental problems harming people's health and sustainable development and ensure fast yet stable economic development. MEP Vice Minster Zhang Lijun chaired the meeting. Officials from related ministries attended the meeting and made remarks including Secretary General of NDRC Han Yongwen, Vice Minister of Ministry of Supervision Hao Mingjin, Vice Minister of Ministry of Justice Zhang Sujun, Chief Economist of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development Li Bingren, Vice Minister for Commerce and Industry Liu Yuting, Vice Minister for Work Safety Sun Huashan and Vice Chair of State Electricity Regulatory Commission Wang Yumin. There were over 2,000 parallel sessions across the country with more than 70,000 leaders of local governments and departments participating in the meeting.
On Apr. 16, a workshop was held at Huayuan County, Hunan Province on integrated environmental improvement of the manganese triangle region bordering Hunan, Guizhou and Chongqing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the meeting and made remarks. Participants included Vice Governor of Hunan Province Liu Liwei, Vice Mayor of Chongqing Municipality Ling Yueming, Vice Governor of Guizhou Province Xin Weiguang and Chief Engineer of MEP Wan Bentai. Attendants included staff from related departments of MEP, Environmental Supervision Center of South China and Southwest China, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, EPB of Huan Province, Guizhou Province and Chongqing Municipality, and staff from related areas of the three provinces and municipality.
On the same day MEP issued a notice on models of new vehicles and engines up to national vehicle emission standard.
On Apr. 17, MEP issued regulations of MEP on handling instruments on administrative reconsideration and regulations on procedures for administrative reconsideration and response to actions.
On Apr. 18, a high-level forum on international cooperation in building a resource-efficient and environment-friendly society was held in Changsha, Hunan Province, co-hosted by MEP, Hunan Provincial People's Government and All-China Association of Industry & Commerce. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the opening ceremony and signed a cooperation agreement with Hunan Provincial People's Government on building a resource-efficient and environment-friendly society in Changsha, Zhuzhou and Xiangtan. Vice Chair of CPPCC, Huang Mengfu, former Vice Chair of CPPCC, Wang Zhongyu and Secretary General of Hunan Province Zhang Chunxian attended the signing ceremony.
From Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, the Ministerial Level International Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century hosted by IAEA and the Government of China was held in Beijing. Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Dejiang and Director General of the IAEA, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei attended the opening ceremony and made addresses. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie made a special speech on Grasping Opportunities, Addressing Challenges and Promoting the Healthy Development of Nuclear Power.
On Apr. 22, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with a visiting delegation led by Chairman of the World Resources Institute, Jonathan Lash, in Beijing. They exchanged views on promoting cooperation in prevention and control of water pollution, air pollution and addressing climate change.
On Apr. 23, MEP issued a notice on strengthening management of radioactive drugs for radiation safety to regulate the management of production, sale and use of radioactive drugs and management of radiation safety license for radioactive drugs.
On Apr. 24, MEP issued an announcement on prohibiting production, circulation, use and import and export of DDT, Chlordane, Mirex and HCB.
On the same day MEP issued an urgent notice on further strengthening management of hazardous waste to prevent accidents.
On Apr. 27, the 2009 national work meeting on fiscal planning was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian attended the meeting and made remarks. Staff responsible for related affairs from the General Office of the State Council, NDRC, Ministry of Finance, National Audit Office and China Development Bank observed the meeting. Other participants included representatives from provincial, autonomous region and municipal EPBs, Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps., EPBs of cities specifically designated in the state plan and provincial capitals, departments of MEP and its branches and affiliates.
On Apr. 28, MEP announced China theme for 2009 World Environment Day- Actions for Pollution Reduction. On the same day, MEP and Ministry of Finance jointly issued Provisional Measures for Management of Special Funds of the Central Government for Integrated Environmental Improvement of Rural Areas.
From Apr. 28 to May 6, MEP Vice Minister Zhang Liljun led a delegation to New Zealand upon invitation of New Zealand's Ministry for the Environment. He held talks with Minister Hon Dr. Nick Smith, Deputy Chief Executive Lindsay Gow and representatives from Ministry of Research, Technology and Science and Ministry of Economic Development. They exchanged views on issues of common concern such as pollution control, environmental law enforcement and climate change.
On Apr. 30, MEP issued an urgent notice on further strengthening supervision of medical waste and medical wastewater.
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