Revett Minerals
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Revett Minerals

January 16, 2006 12:02 ET

Revett Minerals Rock Creek Mine -- Public Outreach

SPOKANE, Wash.--(CCNMatthews - Jan 16, 2006) -

In July of 2005, Revett Minerals Inc. (TSX:RVM) began the planning and implementation of an aggressive public information program to educate local, regional and national stakeholders and to correct public misconceptions and explain the economic benefits and environmental safeguards of the mine. This educational campaign was necessary because of the gross misinformation about the mine disseminated over the years by anti-development organizations.

The campaign was initiated by the Company hiring an independent polling organization to gauge the public's perception of mining, the economy and the public's knowledge of the Rock Creek project. These opinion surveys concentrated on counties around the mine, in western Montana and northern Idaho, with particular emphasis on Kootenai and Bonner counties in Idaho, and Sanders and Lincoln counties in Montana. In general, the results of the survey were very positive with the majority of the people surveyed being highly supportive of mining, and in particular, they recognized the significant economic benefits to the surrounding areas if the mine were to be placed into operation. In addition, the public believed that a responsible company could operate a mine in a manner that was environmentally sound and would have no impact on the region's fish and wildlife.

Following this survey, the Company hosted a tour of the existing Troy Mine and the proposed Rock Creek site for a number of legislators and concerned citizens from Idaho, focusing on those representatives from Bonner and Kootenai counties. The Company had this delegation tour the Troy Mine because of its impeccable environmental record over a plus twenty year period and because the operations at Rock Creek will be nearly identical to those at Troy with the exception that Rock Creek has even more environmental protection safeguards. Comments from legislators and citizens on the tours were very favorable. These tours will be expanded to include legislators from Montana and concerned citizen groups as appropriate.

In November 2005, the Company began running a series of editorial advertisements in key Idaho and Montana newspapers. These advertisements were aimed at correcting inaccurate information distributed by certain groups opposed to the Rock Creek project. To date, these advertisements have concentrated on facts about the Rock Creek project's extensive plan for protection of water quality in the Clark Fork river drainage area and comprehensive mitigation plan for the recovery of the grizzly bear population in the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem. The first in a series of advertisements correctly stressed that because of the extensive mitigation measures that Revett Minerals has agreed to, the Rock Creek project should actually aid the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in its efforts to stabilize and increase the grizzly bear population in this area of Montana. The second advertisement in this series stressed the Company's commitment to the principles of sustainable development which have been adopted by all responsible governments and organizations. The third advertisement in the series corrected certain misconceptions about the quality of the water that will be treated and discharged during operations at Rock Creek. This advertisement correctly stressed that virtually all of the water collected at the Rock Creek site will be naturally occurring ground water. Nevertheless this water will go through a two stage treatment process to ensure it exceeds both drinking water and aquatic standards as per the approved discharge permit. Feedback from the ads has been very positive.

The Company's efforts at CORRECTING PUBLIC PERCEPTION have not just been targeted to the general public. The senior management of Revett Minerals has also had numerous one-on-one meetings with key regulators at the local, state and national levels to explain in person the truth about the Rock Creek project. This has allowed these important decision makers to question the Company about specific issues about which they may be concerned or require more detailed information.

The Company recognizes the importance of involving the local stakeholders in the development of the mine. Senior management of the Company are in the process of establishing a Good Neighbor Agreement with surrounding communities which will create a process for these communities to have input into decisions about the mine's development. This will include the Company providing certain affected communities with grants and the prepayment of taxes to fund infrastructure requirements and the creation of advisory committees to meet the ongoing needs of the local communities. Also, the Company is building a traveling "storefront" to visit local communities so all people will have the opportunity to learn first hand about the benefits of the Rock Creek project or to have their questions about the project answered by the people who will be responsible for operations at the mine.

We, at Revett, firmly believe that the Rock Creek project will become a significant contributor to the economies of Montana and northern Idaho and during its operating life it will enhance the lives and well being of the residents of those communities nearby. Because of the extensive engineering and scientific studies undertaken on the project, both the Company and the responsible regulators believe that the mine will be operated in a manner that protects the environment. The Company continues to advance the preliminary scoping studies of the project, updating the Plan of Operations and various monitoring plans, and once the Biological Opinion is reissued, the Memorandum of Understanding with the responsible permitting agencies will be finalized for the oversight of the mitigation activities as stipulated in the Record of Decision for Rock Creek.

About Revett

Revett Minerals, through its subsidiaries, owns both the Rock Creek Project and the Troy Mine located in northwest Montana. Based on the drilling to date, Rock Creek contains an estimated inferred resource of 136.6 million tons grading 1.67 ounces silver per ton and 0.72% copper, containing approximately 229 million ounces of silver and over 2 billion pounds of copper using a cut off grade of US $10.00 per ton. Further information on both the Troy Mine and the Rock Creek Project may be found in the National Instrument 43-101 reports at www.sedar.com. These reports were prepared on behalf of the Company by Jean-Francois Couture, P.Geo. and Ken Reipas P.Eng. of SRK Consulting (Canada) and they are qualified persons under National Instrument 43-101.

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