On March 2, national tele-conference improving the Party's style of work and upholding integrety in all environmental protection institutions was held in Beijing. Mr. Zhou Shengxian, the Secretary of the Leading Party Members Group and Minister of MEP attended and addressed the meeting. Ms. Fu Wenjuan, head of the Discipline Inspection Group of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of CPC in MEP chaired the meeting. Vice ministers Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian and Li Ganjie, Mr. Hu Baolin, a member of MEP Leading Party Members Group, Chief Engineer Wan Bentai, all MEP officials as well as the leaders of all institutions in Beijing affiliated to MEP attended the meeting.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian met with the ADB delegation headed by Executive Director Ceppie Kurniadi Sumadilaga in Beijing. The two sides exchanged their views on the intensification of environmental cooperation and environmental issues of common concern.
On March 2, MEP required that each province, autonomous region and municipality should strengthen their check & acceptance work of completed projects in the "National Plan for the Construction of Disposal Facilities of Hazardous and Medical Waste".
On March 6, MEP approved the Technical Specifications for Wet Fume Desulphurization of Industrial Boilers and Kilns as a national environmental protection standard.
On March 10, MEP issued the 22 national environmental reference samples including brombenzene solution reference sample in methanol.
On March 11, MEP printed out & distributed Some Suggestions on Streamlining the Right of Discretion in Environmental Administrative Sanction.
On March 13, MEP approved the Environmental Protection Guidelines of Iron & Steel Industry for the Development of Circular Economy and Technical Guidelines for Planning EIA--- Master Plan for Coal Mines and so on as three national environmental standards.
On the same day, MEP released the name list of 2009 first group of organizations obtaining the operation qualifications for pollution treatment facilities.
On the same day MEP required each province, autonomous region and municipality to further enhance its work on the security of drinking water sources.
On March 16, the second meeting of the Leading Group on the Study of Macro Strategy for China's Environment was held in Beijing. Mr. Xu Kuangdi, head of the Leading Group on the Study of Macro Strategy for China's Environment and President of Chinese Academy of Engineering, chaired the meeting. Mr. Zhou Shengxian, deputy group head and MEP Minister, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. Mr. Zhu Guangyao, vice group head, gave a brief introduction about the study progress and main points of briefing.
On March 17, the launching ceremony of the promotion of "2009 Century Walk for China's Environmental Protection" was held in Beijing. NPC Vice Chairman Chen Zhili announced the official commencement of the activity and issued certificate of honor to the participating journalists. MEP Vice Minister Zhou Jian attended the initiation ceremony and gave a speech.
On March 19, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met with the delegation headed by Mr. Banthoon Lamsam, President of Kasikorn Bank from Thailand in Beijing. The two sides exchanged their views on how to enhance environmental cooperation and environmental problems of common concern.
On March 20, MEP issued the 2008 Report on the Disclosure of Government Information.
On the same day, MEP approved two standards including the Specifications on the Development of Environmental Information Network as national environmental standards.
On March 23, national meeting on natural ecology and rural environmental protection work was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie addressed the meeting. MEP Chief Engineer Wan Bentai chaired the meeting.
On the same day, MEP released the name list of testing institutions for the registration of new chemicals.
On March 24, the 4th High Level Meeting on Environment and Health of Southeast and East Asian Countries was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing addressed the meeting. Vice Minister Chen Xiaohong of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Young-Woo Park, Regional Director of UNEP Asian and Pacific Region Office, and Dr. Linda Milan, Acting Director of World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific attended the meeting.
On March 25, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with the Mongolia delegation of headed by D. Idevkhten, Mongolian Vice Minister of Nature, Environment and Tourism in Beijing. The two sides exchanged their views on environmental issues of common concern.
On the same day, MEP adopted four standards including the Technical Specifications on Environmental Protection Check & Acceptance of Completed Construction Projects—Water Conservancy and Hydropower and Standard for Clean Production—Cement Industry as national environmental standards.
On March 26, national meeting on environmental law enforcement & management of environmental emergency response was held in Beijing. MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun addressed the meeting.
On March 27－29, the Fifth International Meeting on Smart and Green Building and Building Energy Conservation & Exhibition on New Technology and Products was held in Beijing. Leaders such as Mr. Han Qide, Vice President of NPC and Chair of China Science Association, Mr. Jiang Weixin, Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction and MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the ceremony.
On March 27, the signing ceremony of the agreement between MEP and the People's Government of Hubei Province on joint promotion of the development of environment- and ecology-friendly society of Wuhan city cluster was held in Wuhan. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian and Mr. Li Hongzhong, Vice Secretary of Hubei Commission of CPC and Governor of Hubei Province signed on the agreement. Mr. Luo Qingquan, the Secretary of Hubei Commission of CPC attended the ceremony. He and Minister Zhou Shengxian jointly unveiled the plate of Hubei Resource and Environment Exchange. Vice Governor Zhao Bin chaired the ceremony. Other senior officials including Mr. Li Xiansheng, Executive Vice Governor of Hubei Province and Mr. Ruan Chengfa, Mayor of Wuhan City attended the ceremony.
On the same day, special training course for grass-root environmental officials of Wenchuan earthquake hit areas (in Gansu Province) started in Shenzhen of Guangdong Province. Mr. Hu Baolin, DG of Administrative Office and a member of the Leading Party's Member Group of MEP addressed at the initiation ceremony. Fifty environmental protection officials from Longnan and Gannan areas of Gansu Province took part in the training course.
On March 30, in-orbit handover ceremony for A and B of No.1 Environment satellites was held in Beijing, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing addressed at the ceremony. Leaders of 13 ministries and commissions of the State Council including NDRC, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Land and Resources and National Bureau of National Defense, Science & Technology attended the ceremony.
MEP printed out & distributed the Focuses of National Environmental Supervision Work in 2009 on the same day.
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