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Calendar in Aug. 2012

Between July 31 and August 6, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie led a team to inspect the performances of Gansu Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in conducting the model projects on integrated rural environment management.

On August 1, MEP printed and distributed Circular on Removing Five Environmental Violation Cases including that of Hebei Dapeng Medical Chemical Company from the Supervision Blacklist.

On August 6, MEP announced the amendment to national environmental standard- Standard for Sector-integrate Eco-industrial Parks (HJ274-2009), effective immediately.

On August 8, Minister Zhou Shengxian had an investigation in Changsha Municipality, Hunan Province in Central China for the integrated rural environment management there, under the accompany of Hunan Province Governor Xu Shousheng, Executive Deputy Governor Yu Laishan, and a member of the Standing Committee of CPC Hunan Provincial Committee and Secretary of CPC Changsha Municipal Committee Chen Run'er. Zhou also visited Changsha Kitchen Residue Disposal Center to learn about the local process for recovery and disposal of kitchen residues, that is, the "collection + pre-treatment + anaerobic fermentation" process.

On August 9, the mobilization meeting for the implementation of ten major environmental projects in Hunan Province was held in Changsha Municipality. Minister Zhou Shengxian addressed the meeting.

On August 13, MEP and the People's Government of Chongqing Municipality signed in Chongqing Municipality in Southwest China the Agreement of Strategic Cooperation on Promoting Chongqing Municipality to Make Overall Plans for Urban-rural Environmental Protection. Minister Zhou Shengxian and Mayor of Chongqing Huang Qifan signed the agreement. The signing ceremony was anchored by Ling Yueming, Vice Mayor of the municipality. Deputy Secretaries General of the municipal government Yan Xiaoguang and Ou Shunqing attended the ceremony, before which, Minister Zhou was briefed on the environmental protection effort in the metropolis.

On the same day, MOF, NDRC, MEP and the People's Government of Liaoning Province signed in Shenyang Municipality, Liaoning Province in Northeast China the agreement on accelerating the water pollution treatment effort in Liaohe River Basin. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the signing ceremony.

On August 14, Minister Zhou Shengxian went on an investigation tour to Chongqing Municipality for its environmental protection effort, accompanied by Ling Yueming, Vice Mayor of Chongqing Municipality.

On August 15, MEP announced the Requirements for the Compilation of Simplified Environmental Impact Statements of Construction Projects.

On August 16, MEP announced the list of rare earths companies compliant with environmental requirements (3rd batch in 2012).

On August 18, the annual exchange meeting of the organizational members with Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing, Vice Chairperson of CPPCC Committee of Population, Resources and Environment Wang Yuqing, and State Council Counselor Liu Yanhua attended the meeting.

On August 19, the press conference for 2012 Report on China's Green Development Indexes & Green Economy Workshop was held in Ya'an Municipality, Sichuan Province in Southwest China. MEP Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Xu Qinghua addressed the workshop.

On August 20, MEP announced the state of water environment quality in key basins in the first six months of 2012 and state of ambient air quality in national major cities tasked with environmental protection in the first six months of the year.

On August 21, MEP printed and distributed the Circular on Announcement of the Area, Scope, and Function Zoning of 27 New National Nature Reserves including Qingyazhai Nature Reserve of Hebei Province.

From August 21 to 22, the seventh National Eco-province Forum & Working Meeting on Development of Ecological Civilization was held in Chengdu Municipality, Sichuan Province. Governor of Sichuan Province Jiang Jufeng delivered an opening speech. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie spoke at the meeting.

On August 22, MEP printed and distributed Circular on Doing Well Survey on the Fact Sheets of Nationwide Environmental Industry and related Industries in 2011.

On August 23, Minister Zhou chaired the ministerial executive meeting, which considered and adopted in principle the Twelfth Five-Year Plan for National Environmental Supervision Capacity Building, discussed and adopted in principle four emission standards including Discharge standards of water pollutants for dyeing and finishing of textile industry, the review results of the environmental impact statements of some construction projects, the environmental review of some public companies, and the applications of some companies for export of hazardous wastes. Vice Ministers Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian, and Li Ganjie, a member of the leading group of CPC MEP Committee and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Xu Qinghua attended the meeting.

On August 24, the consultation meeting organized by MEP on the implementation of the twelfth Five-Year Plan for prevention and control of water pollution in the middle and upper reaches of Yellow River was held in Xining Municipality, Qinghai Province in Northwest China. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun addressed the meeting.

During August 27 and 31, the Second Extraordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety was held in Vienna, Austria. MEP Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Li Ganjie led a delegation to the meeting and chaired the meeting. Li Ganjie also chaired Organizational Meeting which elected Chair and officials of the 6th Review Meeting. A press conference was held after the extraordinary meeting, and Li answered the questions raised by the press. On the sidelines of the meeting, Li met separately with IEAE Director General Yukiya Amano, Deputy Director General Denis Flory and heads of nuclear safety departments from Japan, Pakistan, the US and France.

On August 28, with the witness of Chinese President Hu Jintao and Egyptian President Morsi, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Egyptian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf Al-Arabi, on behalf of the environment authorities of the two countries, signed Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt on Environmental Protection at the Great Hall of the People.

On August 29, MEP organized the work meeting on government information sharing by the nationwide environmental protection departments. Minister Zhou attended the meeting and delivered an important speech. Vice Minister Zhou Jian chaired the meeting and gave a closing speech. Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing, Chief of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Group sent by CPC Central Discipline Inspection Commission to MEP Zhou Ying, a member of the leading group of CPC MEP Committee and Director General of the General Office Hu Baolin, a member of the leading group of CPC MEP Committee and Director General of Department of Human Resources Management and Institutional Affairs He Jie, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, and Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety Xu Qinghua attended the meeting. Leading officials from provincial/regional/municipal EPDs (EPBs), EPB of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, administration of Liaohe River Protected Area, EPB of the PLA, and MEP departments, regional offices, and affiliated institutions also attended the meeting.

On August 30, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian had talks with Peter Altmaier, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The two sides exchanged views on environmental issues of common concern.

On the same day, the inauguration ceremony for China's solid waste environmental management portal & international workshop on ADB capacity building program for solid waste management information technology was held in Tengchong County, Yunnan Province in Southwest China. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun addressed the workshop.

On August 31, MEP 2012 training program on financial management was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Zhou Jian addressed the opening ceremony. A member of the leading group of CPC MEP Committee and Director General of Department of Human Resources Management and Institutional Affairs He Jie presided over the opening ceremony and delivered the closing remarks.

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