Coeur Announces Major Memorandum of Understanding for Kensington Mine Permitting Signed By State and Federal Agencies

July 28, 2003

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JUNEAU, Alaska, July 28, 2003/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation (NYSE: CDE - News) and the State of Alaska today announced a major milestone toward the final permitting of Coeur's Kensington Gold Project. Key state and federal agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help complete the environmental approvals for the mine. The MOU, signed by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Army Corps of Engineers, outlines roles and responsibilities of the agencies with respect to the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Kensington, which is located in Southeast Alaska near Juneau.
The MOU also establishes the schedule for the project's major federal permits. These include: approval of the Plan of Operations by the Forest Service; issuance of an NPDES water discharge permit by EPA; and issuance of a 404 permit by the Corps for discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources will coordinate all state involvement to ensure a consolidated response, and to facilitate timely agency review.

Coeur anticipates receiving all necessary permits for Kensington by the end of January 2004, and plans to reach a final decision on developing the mine after completion of the permitting and a feasibility study update.

"The Kensington Project is one that has been very important to Southeast and all of Alaska for some time," Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski said. "It is consistent with our goal of helping to create high-paying jobs in the natural resource sector. I am pleased with the signing of the MOU and look forward to the permitting and construction of the project."

Dennis E. Wheeler, Coeur's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The signing of this MOU brings certainty regarding completion of permitting so the final feasibility study can be updated on this major gold project, which would significantly increase Coeur's gold production and bring several hundred jobs to Southeast Alaska.

"We appreciate very much Governor Murkowski's efforts to implement the agreement, as well as the participation by the key federal agencies. We will enthusiastically pursue this priority objective to complete the permitting program by January of 2004," Mr. Wheeler added.

The Kensington Gold Project is located approximately 45 miles north of Juneau, Alaska and contains an estimated 1.8 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves and 1.4 million ounces of resources. Capital costs necessary to place Kensington into production are currently estimated to be $150 million, while annual gold production is projected to average 175,000 ounces annually at estimated average cash operating costs of approximately $200 per ounce. Coeur believes that significant exploration potential exists at Kensington that could materially increase the project's total resources.

Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation is the world's largest primary silver producer, as well as a significant, low-cost producer of gold. The Company has mining interests in Nevada, Idaho, Alaska, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

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Source: Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation


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