Western Lithium Receives Plan of Operation Permit for Nevada Lithium Project

Western Lithium’s plan of operation, which was submitted in May 2008, was recently approved by both the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection. The work program will include an extensive drilling and trenching exploration program to further delineate the resources of Western Lithium’s Stage I Lens, test suitable mining methods for the project and obtain bulk samples for use in pilot plant studies. The plan also included an environmental assessment.

"We are very pleased to receive this important permit for our Nevada lithium project," said Dennis Bryan, Western Lithium’s Senior Vice President of Development. "We will now initiate further environmental and baseline studies, progressing toward the ultimate goal of permitting a mining operation on the Kings Valley site."

"We will continue to work closely with the BLM and other federal, state and local agencies that regulate mining activities in Nevada as we advance this project through to production," continued Bryan.

The drilling and trenching approved under this permit has commenced and is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete with results expected later in 2010.

Western Lithium is developing the Kings Valley, Nevada lithium deposit into potentially one of the world’s largest strategic, scalable and reliable sources of high quality lithium carbonate. The Company is positioning itself as a major U.S.-based supplier to support the rising global demand for lithium carbonate that is expected from the increased use of mobile electronics and hybrid and electric vehicles.