Denison Mines Corp.

Denison Mines Corp.

March 16, 2010 08:00 ET

Phoenix High-Grade Uranium Deposit Continues to Encounter Significant Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) - Denison Mines Corp. (TSX:DML) (NYSE Amex:DNN) ("Denison" or the "Company") is pleased to report that the initial drill results of the 2010 winter drill program at Wheeler River have significantly expanded the high-grade uranium mineralization at the Phoenix deposit.

Winter 2010 Initial Results

Two holes (WR-299 and 300) returned intersections of 8.88% eU3O8 and 30.19% eU3O8 over 3.7 and 2.5 metres respectively, expanding the deposit to the northeast. A third hole (WR-302) returning 18.49% eU3O8 over 3.2 metres was drilled on section from previous hole WR-272 which intersected 4.13% U3O8 over 4.5 metres, thereby expanding the Phoenix Zone A to the southwest. A fourth hole, WR-301 extended the width of the deposit. Please see attached map and table below (all grades listed in table below are reported as equivalent probe grades).

Three drill holes (WR-296, 297 and 298A) of this 2010 winter program were drilled in Area D, as shown in the attached map. This area is exhibiting significant sandstone alteration as well as the strongest basement alteration seen on the project to date. Although no significant uranium mineralization has been identified this area continues to be one of our highest priority target areas.

2010 Winter Program Results

Hole From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Grade (% eU3O8) Grade Thickness (m - % eU3O8) Cut-off Grade (% eU3O8)
WR-296 390.0 390.1 0.1 0.01 0.001 0.05
WR-297 401.7 402.2 0.5 0.12 0.06 0.05
WR-298A 391.1 391.2 0.1 0.01 0.001 0.05
WR-299 397.7 401.4 3.7 8.88 32.86 1.00
WR-300 406.9 409.4 2.5 30.19 75.48 1.00
WR-301 404.4 407.1 2.7 2.41 6.51 1.00
WR-301 408.0 411.3 3.3 4.03 13.30 1.00
WR-302 407.2 410.4 3.2 18.49 59.17 1.00

Ron Hochstein, President and C.E.O., commented, "We have high expectations for the Wheeler River project and these results go a long way to affirm those expectations. The Phoenix deposit alone is developing into one of the most important new uranium discoveries in the Athabasca Basin in the past twenty years and we look forward to continued growth."

Wheeler 2010 Exploration Program

In 2010 a CDN $6.0 million exploration program comprised of 22,500 metres of diamond drilling in approximately 45 holes will be carried out. This program will focus on the delineation of uranium along the favourable mineralized horizon within the Phoenix deposit's stratigraphy. Currently the program has one drill rig and a second rig will be added for the summer program. The 2010 drill program will continue through until September.

Phoenix is a growing new uranium deposit in the Athabasca Basin and is located between the McArthur River and Key Lake uranium mines. Denison is the operator of and holds a 60% interest in the Wheeler River Property. Cameco Corp. holds a 30% interest and JCU (Canada) Exploration Company, Limited holds the remaining 10% interest.

The technical information contained in this press release related to the above described exploration activities is reported and verified by William C. Kerr, Denison's Vice President, Exploration, who is a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101. For a description of the quality assurance program and quality control measures applied by Denison, please see Denison's Annual Information Form dated March 26, 2009 filed under the Company's profile on the SEDAR website. All drill holes reported to date were drilled at either -80 or -90 degrees, and while the exact attitude of the mineralization remains uncertain, it is believed, at this time, that the mineralized intervals represent near true widths.

About Denison

Denison Mines Corp. is a mid-sized uranium producer in North America, with mining assets in the Athabasca Basin region of Saskatchewan, Canada and the southwest United States including Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. The Company also has ownership interests in two of the four conventional uranium mills currently operating in North America. Denison also has a portfolio of exploration and development projects in the United States, Canada, Mongolia and Zambia.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Information

Certain information contained in this press release constitutes "forward-looking information", within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and similar Canadian legislation concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Denison.

Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" and "has the potential to".

Forward looking statements are based on the assumptions noted in this press release and on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made, and they are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Denison to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Denison believes that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information is reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking information included in this press release should not be unduly relied upon. This information speaks only as of the date of this press release. In particular, this press release may contain forward-looking information pertaining to the following: the estimates of Denison's mineral reserves and mineral resources; uranium and vanadium production and sales volumes; capital expenditure programs, estimated production costs, exploration and development expenditures and reclamation costs; expectations of market prices and costs; supply and demand for uranium and vanadium; possible impacts of litigation on Denison; exploration, development, production and expansion plans and objectives; Denison's expectations regarding raising capital and adding to its mineral reserves through acquisitions and development; and receipt of regulatory approvals and permits and treatment under governmental regulatory regimes.

There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as Denison's actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in this forward-looking information as a result of those factors discussed in or referred to under the heading "Risk Factors" in Denison's Annual Information Form dated March 26, 2009, the Short Form Prospectus dated June 15, 2009, available at and its Form 40-F available at, as well as the following: volatility in market prices for uranium and vanadium; changes in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; liabilities inherent in mining operations; uncertainties associated with estimating mineral reserves and resources; failure to obtain industry partner and other third party consents and approvals, when required; delays in obtaining permits and licenses for development properties; competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions of mineral reserves, undeveloped lands and skilled personnel; incorrect assessments of the value of acquisitions; and geological, technical and processing problems.

Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These factors are not, and should not be construed as being, exhaustive. Statements relating to "mineral reserves" or "mineral resources" are deemed to be forward-looking information, as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions that the mineral reserves and mineral resources described can be profitably produced in the future. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Denison does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information after the date of this press release to conform such information to actual results or to changes in Denison's expectations except as otherwise required by applicable legislation.

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Contact Information

  • Denison Mines Corp.
    Ron Hochstein
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 979-1991 Extension 232
    Denison Mines Corp.
    Jim Anderson
    Executive Vice President and CFO
    (416) 979-1991 Extension 372