Sparton Resources Inc.
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Sparton Resources Inc.

January 03, 2008 09:40 ET

Sparton Reports First Results from Coal Ash Waste Sampling Program in Lincang Germanium Area, Yunnan, China

45 SAMPLES FROM GOVERNMENT WASTE PILE AVERAGE 0.029% U3O8 LOCAL VALUES AVERAGE UP TO 0.41% U3O8

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 3, 2008) - Sparton Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SRI) (the "Company") reported today initial results from the sampling program completed in late November 2007 on various waste piles of uranium bearing coal ash from the Lincang Area in central Yunnan PRC. (See news release dated November 12, 2007).

Results are available for 61 of a total of 122 samples systematically taken from the various ash waste locations and represent material from the largest of the piles, estimated to contain approximately 350,000 tonnes of ash produced by the local germanium extraction operations.

Historically uranium was extracted from coal ash in this area but all production ceased with the collapse of uranium markets in the early 1980's. Germanium production has continued however, and there are a number of radioactive ash waste piles in the area including the one for which results are reported here. All waste piles have been systematically sampled and surveyed using a scintillometer (radiation detector) by the Sparton team.

FIRST RESULTS

The average content of 46 samples taken from the largest waste pile area is 0.029% U3O8 or approximately 0.64 pounds U308 per tonne. The range of values varies from 0.01% to 0.036% U3O8.

In addition, 3 samples taken from one highly radioactive area in the same waste pile averaged 0.41% U3O8 but these results were not used in calculating the average content reported above.

In addition to uranium analyses, determinations for lime (CaO) and magnesia (MgO) content were also completed on these samples and the results indicate low values for both, averaging less than 4% for lime and 1% for magnesia.

DISCUSSION

These results are considered highly encouraging and the low lime content of this material should contribute positively to uranium leach extraction tests which will begin shortly both in China and North America. Analyses for the remaining samples will be reported when available.

All analyses reported here were done by SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services Co. Ltd. laboratories in Tianjin China, a member of the international SGS Group.

Sparton and its partners ARCN, the Remote Sensing and Research Branch of the China National Nuclear Corporation, and Beijing John Hanseng Investment Consulting Co. Ltd. have entered into Memorandums of Understanding with the Hua Jun Coal Mine Co. Ltd. and, more recently with the Tian Hao Group another local Germanium producer, to do uranium analyses and leach tests on the coal and various types of ash waste material produced by these companies. Additional agreements are currently under negotiation.

If initial sampling and test results are positive, feasibility studies will be undertaken to evaluate the commercialization of uranium production from these waste ash areas. The initial leaching tests are expected to begin by mid January 2008.

Sparton's international exploration and evaluation programs are being carried out under the direct supervision of A. Lee Barker, P. Eng., P Geol., the Company's President and CEO who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

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Contact Information

  • Sparton Resources Inc.
    A. Lee Barker
    President and CEO
    (416) 366-3551 or Mobile; (416) 716-5762
    (416) 366-7421 (FAX)
    Email: info@spartonres.ca
    or
    Sparton Resources Inc.
    Charles Ge
    Director
    int'l +86 10 8559 0034
    int'l +86 10 8559 0034 (FAX)
    Email: Charlesge@vip.163.com
    Website: www.spartonres.ca