On Oct. 9, the inauguration ceremony of the MEP Party School & the opening session of the training seminar for director-level cadres in the 2016 autumn semester were held in Beijing. Secretary of the Ministry’s Leading Party Group and Minister Chen Jining addressed the inauguration ceremony. MEP Vice Minister and President of the Party school Li Ganjie chaired the ceremony, which was participated by Yang Wenjiu, Executive Vice President of the Party School for Central Government Departments, a branch of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee; members of the School Council of the Ministry’s Party School, and the trainees of the first term training seminar.
Between Oct. 10 and 14, the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was held in Kigali, Rwanda. Vice Minister Zhai Qing headed a Chinese Government delegation to the meeting. On the sidelines of the MOP, Zhai met separately with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Administrator of U.S. EPA Gina McCarthy. Zhai also paid a visit to the UNEP headquarters and had work talks with UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim.
Between Oct. 12 and 14, the 11th meeting of China-Russia Environmental Cooperation Sub-committee under the Committee of China-Russia Prime Ministers' Regular Meeting was held in Sochi, Russia. Chen Jining, Chinese Co-chair of the Sub-committee and MEP Minister, and his counterpart Sergei Donskoi, the Russian Co-chair of the Subcommittee and Federal Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, headed respective delegations to the event. Chen and Donskoi had work talks and signed the minutes of the meeting.
On Oct. 12, MEP adopted four national environmental protection standards including Analysis of Polonium-210 in Water (HJ 813-2016), which shall go to effect as of Nov. 1, 2016. Ten national environmental protection standards including Analytical Method of Polonium-210 in Water-Method of Preparing Sample by Electroplating (GB 12376-90) shall be abolished as of the same day.
On Oct. 13, the 2016 academic annual meeting of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences was held in Haikou Municipality, Hainan Province in South China. Vice Minister Huang Runqiu delivered remarks at the meeting.
On Oct. 18, Minister Chen Jining chaired the ministerial executive meeting and ministerial meeting which deliberated and adopted in principle the Limits and Measurement Methods for Emissions from Light-duty Vehicles (CHINA 6), Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law (draft amendment), and Measures for Environmental Protection Files (draft amendment). Leader of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Team Zhou Ying and Vice Ministers Zhai Qing and Zhao Yingmin attended the meetings. The heads of the Ministry’s internal departments also participated.
On the same day, MEP adopted three national environmental protection standards including Technical Requirement for Environmental Labeling Products–Adhesives (HJ 2541-2016), which shall go to effect as of Jan. 1, 2017. Another three national standards including Technical Requirement for Environmental Labeling Products–Adhesives (HJ/T 220-2005) shall be abolished as of the same day.
Between Oct. 19 and 20, Vice Minister Li Ganjie went to Chongyi County in Ganzhou Municipality of Jiangxi Province for an inspection tour on the partner assistance effort. Deputy Governor of Jiangxi Province and Director General of the provincial Department of Public Security Zheng Weiwen joined the inspection tour.
On Oct. 19, the on-the-spot meeting of the thematic campaign on environmental enforcement in drinking water sources of the Yangtze River economic belt was held in Chongqing Municipality in southwest China. Vice Minister Zhai Qing chaired the meeting and delivered remarks.
On Oct. 20, the seventh meeting of the regional cooperation team on air pollution control in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area and surrounding area was held in Beijing. A member of the Politburo and Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee Guo Jinlong, MEP Minister Chen Jining, and Governor of Hebei Province Zhang Qingwei delivered remarks at the meeting.
On the same day, a mobilization meeting was held in Beijing for the inspection to be launched to check how well the major tasks for environmental enforcement and regulation have been carried out. Vice Minister Zhai Qing delivered remarks at the meeting.
On Oct. 21, MEP organized the mobilization meeting for the second round tour inspections in 2016. Secretary of the Ministry’s Leading Party Group and Minister Chen Jining and Leader of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Team Zhou Ying delivered remarks at the meeting that was chaired by a Leading Member and Vice Minister Li Ganjie. Members of the leading group of the tour inspections attended the meeting.
On Oct. 22, the 2016 annual appraisal meeting for the Environmental Protection Science and Technology Award was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Huang Runqiu chaired the meeting.
On Oct. 25, MEP issued an announcement on the amendment to some articles of the Guidance for the Review and Licensing of Hazardous Waste Business Operators, which shall be implemented as of the day of announcement.
Oct. 26, Xinhua-The State Council printed and distributed the Circular on Launching the Second National General Survey on Pollution Sources, and decided to conduct the second national general survey on pollution sources in 2017.
On the same day, MEP issued the Technical Guidance on Integrated Treatment of Pollution by Coal-burning for Civil Purposes (on trial), and the Technical Guidance on Preparation of the Inventory of Air Pollutants from Coals for Civil Purposes (on trial).
On Oct. 28, MEP printed and distributed the Outline of the 13th Five-Year Plan for National Ecological Conservation.