Miramar Mining Corporation
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Miramar Mining Corporation

May 30, 2006 19:51 ET

Miramar Comments on Environment Canada News Release

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 30, 2006) - Miramar Mining Corporation (TSX:MAE)(AMEX:MNG) ("Miramar") today responded to the News Release disseminated by Environment Canada relating to charges laid against Miramar and four related companies in relation to a fuel spill that occurred at the Hope Bay project in June, 2004.

The existence of the spill which occurred two years ago and possibility of charges has been disclosed in Miramar's Annual Information Form public filings in 2005 and 2006. The incident was also addressed in the Doris North Final Environmental Impact Statement filed with the Nunavut Impact Review Board in the recent environmental assessment of the Doris North project.

"The 2004 spill which occurred on Inuit owned land was a very unfortunate accident, however, it was cleaned up promptly and effectively without any significant residual adverse effect on the environment and to the satisfaction of the land owners," said Tony Walsh, President of Miramar. After the spill, Miramar conducted an audit of environmental procedures at Hope Bay and adopted more stringent fuel handling and containment procedures to prevent a similar occurrence from happening in the future. "As a result of implementing these strict procedures, there have been no significant environmental occurrences at the Hope Bay project in the two years since the spill occurred, and work has continued at Hope Bay unimpeded. Miramar continues to strive to achieve the highest environmental practices," said Mr. Walsh.

A Miramar subsidiary, Miramar Hope Bay Ltd., is the sole operator of the Hope Bay project and Miramar will be taking steps to have the charges that have been laid against companies other than Miramar Hope Bay Ltd withdrawn.

Miramar does not expect that if Miramar Hope Bay Ltd. is found guilty of the offences, the amount of a possible fine would have a material impact on the financial position of Miramar.

Miramar Mining Corporation

Miramar is a Canadian gold mining company that controls the Hope Bay project, one of the largest, best-grade undeveloped gold deposits in Canada. The Hope Bay project extends over 1,000 sq. km. and encompasses one of the most prospective undeveloped greenstone belts in Canada.

For more information on Miramar Mining Corporation and its projects, visit our website at www.miramarmining.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements relating to environmental charges and handling procedures and activities at the Hope Bay project and the expected results of these and any potential fines levied against Miramar or any of it's subsidiaries are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including possibility that any fines resulting from the charges may be more than anticipated and that required permits may not be obtained on a timely manner or at all; risk of accidents, equipment breakdowns and labour disputes or other unanticipated occurrences; the risk of environmental contamination or damage resulting from Miramar's operations; the possibility that Miramar's environmental procedures will not be complied with or will prove inadequate; the general uncertainty inherent in legal proceedings; uncertainties as to the timing, results and costs of reclamation activities and possible need to secure the remediation plan in the light of future development and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Miramar's Annual Report on Form 40-F for the year ended December 31, 2005 and Reports on Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of Miramar's management on the date the statements are made. Miramar undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.

This news release has been authorized by the undersigned on behalf of Miramar Mining Corporation.


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