Crystallex International Corporation
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Crystallex International Corporation

June 24, 2008 08:07 ET

Crystallex and Ministry of Environment Begin Discussions; National Assembly Committee Supports Las Cristinas

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - CRYSTALLEX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (TSX:KRY)(AMEX:KRY) wishes to advise that on June 18, 2008, Crystallex was invited to a meeting by representatives of the Ministry of the Environment ("MinAmb"), led by Vice Minister of Environmental Planning and Administration, Ing. Merly Garcia. At this meeting, Crystallex was informed that MinAmb was instructed by the Government to reconsider issuance of the Las Cristinas Environmental Permit to Affect Natural Resources (the "Permit") by discussing with Crystallex possible modifications of the Las Cristinas project, which could enable the Permit to be issued. The modifications suggested by the MinAmb representatives fall within three main categories: (i) further optimising the social projects in the area, (ii) mitigating the impact of open vein deposit mining in the currently affected areas of the Imataca, and (iii) improving the remediation plans at the end of the mine life as well as to remediate the existing environmental damage caused by the illegal miners who have worked in the area. The MinAmb representatives stressed the importance of expediting the submission of details relating to the suggested request for modifications in order to enable prompt resolution of the Permit.

In addition, Crystallex has received the official minutes of the meeting held at the Permanent Committee for the Economic Development of the National Assembly at the public hearing held on June 4, 2008 to discuss the delay of the Las Cristinas project. At the meeting, representatives of the Ministry of Mines ("MIBAM") confirmed support for Crystallex and its compliance with all procedural and administrative steps up to the denial of the permit by MinAmb. The resolution issued by the Committee states that the Las Cristinas project has been in development for a significant period of time with the support of different branches of the Government. The resolution further notes a lack of coordination between the various Government branches, which it suggests should be resolved in light of the macroeconomic policies and goals of Venezuela, as well as the social needs of the people and the pre-existing environmental damage.

It is too early for Crystallex to forecast how this issue will be resolved, but it is encouraged by the support from the Venezuelan Government and National Assembly. Crystallex welcomes the opportunity offered by MinAmb to help create additional solutions to the extensive environmental damage that already exists due to illegal mining in the Las Cristinas area, and to improve the project in order to respond to issues raised by MinAmb.

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