Empire Mining Corporation
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Empire Mining Corporation

August 19, 2008 09:00 ET

Empire Awarded Strategic Exploration License in Serbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2008) - Empire Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EPC) ("Empire" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Serbian Government has awarded Empire an exploration license for the 62 Km2 Nevlje Property located in southeast Serbia, adjacent to and immediately across the border from Teck Cominco's and Euromax's Trun gold project in Bulgaria where drilling is ongoing.

The Nevlje license area occurs within the productive Metallogenic Belt containing the Bor (7.94 billion lbs of Cu, 3.5 million oz. of gold) and Majdanpek (13.2 billion lbs of Cu, 10.6 million oz. of gold) porphyry copper-gold mines and contains similar geologic elements. Historic exploration at Nevlje, limited to surface prospecting, trenching and two short drill holes, has identified porphyry-style disseminated and skarn copper mineralization with assay values up to 1.7% copper in altered volcanic rocks. The area of widespread copper showings at Nevlje is also coincident with a strong magnetic anomaly which is believed to reflect a buried intrusive body.

Empire has already commenced detailed field work on the license, including mapping, soil geochemistry and geophysics in order to develop targets for a possible future drilling campaign.

David Cliff, BSc (Hons), MIMMM, C Eng, FGS, President and CEO of Empire Mining Corporation, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.

ABOUT EMPIRE MINING

Empire Mining Corporation is a mineral exploration and development company operating principally in southeast Europe and Turkey. The Company's primary objectives are the development of its chromite projects in Albania and the exploration and development of mineral properties within the under explored Tethyan Belt which is a major porphyry-related mineralized zone.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Robert F. Giustra, Director

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