On Jan. 5, the 25th anniversary of China Environment News was held in Beijing where top 10 pieces of news on domestic and international environmental affairs in 2008 were released. MEP Vice Minster Pan Yue attended the celebration and made remarks. Vice Chair of Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee, National People's Congress, Ni Yuefeng was also present.
On the same day MEP issued a notice inviting comments on the implementation plan for national emission standard by vehicles (phase IV).
On Jan. 8, the leading Party members' group of MEP held an enlarged meeting in Beijing. It was attended by the leading group on the study and practice of Scientific Outlook on Development. Secretary of MEP’s leading Party members’ group, also MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian chaired the meeting and made an important speech. Participants included group member, also Vice Minister Pan Yue and Zhou Jian, Party group member and leader of CPC discipline inspection group in MEP Fu Wenjuan as well as Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing.
On Jan. 12, the 2009 national work meeting on environmental protection was held in Beijing. Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, also Vice Premier of the State Council, Li Keqiang gave important instructions on environmental protection. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian attended the meeting and made remarks, pledging to make active explorations of a new path to environmental protection with Chinese characteristics under the guidance of Scientific Outlook on Development and make greater contributions to sound and fast economic development. Vice Minister Pan Yue chaired the meeting. Other participants included Liu Xirong, head of the No. 21 Inspection Team of the Central Committee, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian and Li Ganjie and former top leaders of MEP such as Zhu Guangyao, Wang Xinfang, Wang Yuqing and Zeng Xiaodong.
On Jan. 16 MEP issued Regulation on Classified Approval of Environmental Impact Assessment Documents of Construction Projects.
On Jan. 19 MEP decided to announce the 6th batch of certified organizations for operating pollution control facilities and name list of replacement.
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