On April 5, Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the ministerial executive meeting, which deliberated and adopted in principle MEP’s plan on implementation of the Opinions on Assignment of Major Tasks among State Departments as in the Report on the Work of the Government as well as the Code for the Administration of National Model Areas for Ecological Improvement, and heard the reports on the measures taken this year for reduction of the total load of major pollutants, and on the national survey on soil contamination. Vice Ministers Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, and Li Ganjie, Chief of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Group from Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Fu Wenjuan, the leading CPC members Hu Baolin and He Jie, and Chief Engineer Wan Bentai attended the meeting. Leading officials from relevant MEP departments observed the meeting.
On the same day, the fifth province-ministry joint meeting on integrated water environment treatment of the Taihu Lake basin was held in Jiangsu Province in east China. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun spoke at the meeting.
From April 5 to 7, a team led by Vice Minister Zhang Lijun evaluated the performance of Jiangsu Province in the implementation of the national plan for the prevention and control of water pollution in the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River last year.
On April 9, MEP and the people’s government of Yunnan Province signed in Kunming Municipality, Yunnan Province the Agreement of Cooperation on Jointly Promoting the Development of the Bridgehead Open to the Southwest China, on which Minister Zhou Shengxian and Yunnan Governor Li Jiheng signed. Secretary General of CPC Yunnan provincial commitee Qin Guangrong addressed the signing ceremony, which was presided over by Deputy Governor He Duanqi. Secretary General of the provincial government Ding Shaoxiang attended the ceremony.
On the same day, MEP organized in Beijing the expert panel argumentation meeting for the Plan on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution in Key Regions (2011-2015). Vice Minister Zhang Lijun spoke at the meeting.
On April 10, Minister Zhou Shengxian went to inspect the performance of Kunming Municipality in the integrated prevention and control of water pollution to the Dianchi Lake, with the accompany of Deputy Governor He Duanqi. Zhou had field trips to Wujiadui Wetland, No.10 wastewater treatment plant, the construction site of the regulating pond of the Haiming River, and the control room of the lake-rim main channel for wastewater interception, and heard report on the integrated treatment of watercourse in Kunming Municipality, the progress in the construction of wastewater treatment plant, the progress in the construction of regulating pond as well as of the lake-rim highway project, lake-rim ecological project, and lake-rim wastewater interception project.
On the same day, the 2012 China Trans-century Environmental Protection Inspection Campaign was inaugurated in Beijing. Chen Zhili, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress announced the inauguration, and Wang Guangtao, Director of the NPC’s Environment and Resources Conservation Committee chaired the inauguration ceremony. Fu Wenjuan, Chief of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Group from Central Commission for Discipline Inspection attended the ceremony.
On the same day, the working symposium on environmental supervision in North China was held in Tianjin Municipality in North China. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun gave a speech at the ceremony.
Between April 10 and 11, the 2012 national on-the-spot meeting on environmental monitoring was held in Guangzhou Municipality, Guangdong Province in South China. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing spoke at the meeting, which was chaired by MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai. Deputy Governor of Guangdong Province Xu Ruisheng also spoke at the meeting.
On April 11, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun met in Beijing with a delegation led by Price, Managing Director of Germany-based Bayer AG. The two sides exchanged views on issues of common concern.
On the same day, MEP printed out and distributed the Technical Guidelines for on-the-spot Supervision and Inspection of Automatic Monitoring Facilities of Pollution Sources.
On April 12, MEP released the list of major pollution reduction projects in the year 2012, as required by the Target Responsibility Document on Reduction of the Total Load of Major Pollutants in the "12th Five-Year Plan" Period.
On April 13, MEP lifted the ban on the environmental reviews of new industrial construction projects in Qujing City of Yunnan Province in Southwest China.
On April 16, MEP and the people’s government of Inner Mongolia signed in Hohhot the Agreement of Cooperation on Further Advancing the Environmental Protection Work in Inner Mongolia. Minister Zhou Shengxian and Chairman of the regional government Batel signed on the Agreement. Hu Chunhua, Secretary of CPC Inner Mongolia regional committee attended the signing ceremony and gave a speech. A member of the Standing Committee of CPC Inner Mongolia regional committee and Secretary General of the Regional Government Fu Taizeng, Vice Chairman of the regional government Wang Bo, and Secretary General of regional government Chang Hai attended the signing ceremony.
On April 17, Minister Zhou Shengxian inspected Tianye Chemical Co., Ltd. under China BlueChemical Ltd. in Hohhot Municipality, capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, visiting the central control room, boiler flue gas desulphurization facilities, and reclaimed water facilities, and heard the report on the environmental protection effort of this company. Secretary of the CPC Inner Mongolia regional committee Hu Chunhua, and Chairman of the regional government Batel accompanied Zhou in his inspection.
On the same day, the third China Forum on Environmental Remediation Development Strategy opened in Beijing. Director of the NPC Environment and Resources Conservation Committee Wang Guangtao and MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai spoke at the forum.
On April 18, MEP announced the list of already operated municipal wastewater treatment facilities, desulphurization and denitrification facilities of coal-fired power generation units, and desulphurization facilities of iron and steel sintering machines and pellets.
On the same day, MEP and SFDA jointly announced the dosage for the exempt use of Chlorofluorocarbons for Meter Dosage Inhaler (MDI) in 2012.
On April 19, MEP organized the 2012 working meeting of the leading group of environmental pollution damage identification and evaluation. Group leader and MEP Vice Minister Pan Yue spoke at the meeting.
On April 20, the symposium on environmental NGOs was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Pan Yue gave a speech at the symposium.
On the same day, MEP printed and distributed the Measures on the Administration of Infrastructure Construction Projects of Ministry of Environmental Protection.
On April 23, the awarding ceremony of the seventh China Baosteel Environment Award was held in the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the NPC Chen Zhili and Vice Chairperson of the national committee of CPPCC Bai Lizhen granted the awards to 25 winner organizations and individuals. Five organizations/individuals including Suzhou Municipality of Jiangsu Province, Secretary of CPC Guiyang municipal committee Li Jun, member with the Chinese Academy of Engineering Li Wenhua, Beijing Yanshan Subsidiary of China Petrochemical Co., Ltd. and Beijing Yuying School were winners of the top China Baosteel Environment Award.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Li Ganjie met in Beijing with a delegation led by Madame Marie-Pierre Comets, Deputy Director General of French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). The two sides exchanged views on enhancing the bilateral cooperation on nuclear safety and the progress in the construction of the EPR nuclear power project.
On the same day, Vice Minister Li Ganjie met in Beijing with Hungarian Minister for Rural Development, Sandor Fazekas. The two sides exchanged views on the latest developments of China’s environmental protection effort and the enhanced bilateral cooperation in the environment field.
On April 25, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Swedish counterpart Fredrik Reinfeldt addressed the Stockholm+40 Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development Ministerial Dialogue. King Carl XVI Gustaf, Swedish Parliament Speaker Per Westerberg, and senior officials including ministers from over 70 countries attended the forum. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian was also present.
O the same day, Minister Zhou Shengxian met in Stockholm with Swedish Minister for the Environment Madame Lena Ek in Stockholm. MEP Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety and Director General of Department of International Cooperation Xu Qinghua and Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Lan Lijun were presented at the meeting. Minister Zhou and his Swedish counterpart signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom of Sweden on Environmental Cooperation under the witness of the prime ministers of the two countries.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Li Ganjie met in Beijing with Remy Autebert, Senior Vice Executive President of AREVA. The two sides exchanged views on topics of common concern.
Between April 25 and 27, the national working meeting on prevention and control of pollution was held in Nanjing Municipality, Jiangsu Province. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun addressed the meeting.
On April 27, Minister Zhou Shengxian met in Rome, Italy with Corrado Clini, Italian Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea. The two sides signed China-Italy Green Economy Action Plan at the end of the meeting. Xu Qinghua, MEP Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety and Director General of Department of International Cooperation, attended the meeting.
On April 30, MEP printed and distributed the Code for the Administration of National Model Areas for Ecological Improvement.
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