July 21, 2011

EMC Metals Receives Initial Surface Assays With Up to 217 ppm Scandium at Tordal Property in Norway


VANCOUVER, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - EMC Metals Corp. (the "Company" or
"EMC") (TSX:EMC) is pleased to announce encouraging assay results from
a surface soil sampling program conducted in June on a 3.75 sq km
portion of its Tørdal property, a scandium, REE, and specialty metals
pegmatite project in Telemark county, southern Norway.

Highlights of Initial Surface Soil Sample Program:

        --  The best sample assay returned a 217 ppm scandium value,
        --  Eleven soil samples contained +50 ppm scandium, of which five
            samples exceeded 85 ppm and three exceeded 150 ppm,
        --  The eleven soil samples were clustered within an area measuring
            700 x 100 metres, or approximately 35% of the total sample
        --  A total of 131 soil samples were collected at 100-metre spacing
            intervals, in more accessible areas that avoided steep terrain,
        --  The total sample area represented a zone of about 1,500 x 2,500
            metres within the Heftetjern pegmatite field, and
        --  Many previously unmapped pegmatite dykes were noted in the
            areas traversed, some traceable on surface for several hundred

The results of this initial soil sampling program are, by their nature,
preliminary, and not conclusive evidence of the likelihood of a mineral

Property Description

EMC's acquisition of 100% of the Tørdal property option rights was
announced in April 2011.  The property, originally encompassing a 40 sq
km area in southern Norway, has since been increased to 140 sq km.  The
region can be described as a soil and glacial moraine covered area of
concentrated and intersecting pegmatite dykes and lenses, 900 million
years in age, within Precambrian amphibolite rocks.  Within the
pegmatite fields, individual dykes measure up to 50 metres in width and
some can be traced for several hundred metres along strike.  In some
places where it can be observed, pegmatite composes up to 45% of the
rock mass.

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The soil sampling program focused on a 3.75 sq km area, northwest of the
town of Bø, in an area between the communities of Høydalen and
Skardsfjell.  Known as the Heftetjern region, this location exhibits
numerous known pegmatite occurrences, including a locally famous
pegmatite quarry associated with several unique scandium, tin, and
beryllium mineral types. Steep slopes were generally avoided and
sampling was carried out in the most accessible locations. The sampling
program of 131 samples was based on soil sampling of 100 x 100 metre
grids and covered somewhat less than half of the target area due to
terrain impediments.

The most promising scandium-bearing zone was observed at the north end
of the tested area, and remains open to the north.  The highest sample
values were associated with previously unmapped pegmatite bodies up to
20 metres wide.  Based on ICP multi-element correlations, one of the
scandium bearing minerals has been tentatively indicated as the
beryllium silicate bazzite (Be(3)(Sc,Al)(2)Si(6)O(18)).  Elevated levels of tin, tantalum, gallium and yttrium were also
identified in the assay test results.

Certain pegmatite dykes to the southeast of the sample area were
previously identified as molybdenum targets and one of the soil samples
taken in this area showed an appreciable molybdenum content (0.88% MoS(2)).

The 140 sq km Tørdal property is one of two pegmatite areas in southern
Norway being explored by EMC.  The other property, Evje-Iveland,
located in Aust-Agder county (see announcement dated April 7, 2011)
originally encompassed an 80 sq km area, but has been increased in size
to 150 sq km.  Evje-Iveland is also prospective for scandium and REE's
plus certain base metals, notably nickel.

Qualified Person and Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Sampling methods followed industry quality control standards.  Mr. Kjell
Nilsen, an independent geologist consultant currently employed by EMC,
conducted the reconnaissance and sampling on the property.  Individual
surface grab samples were collected by hand shovel, on or in close
proximity to visible pegmatite outcrops corresponding to the 100 metre
locating grids.  The generally sandy grab samples were individually
bagged, sealed, logged on the grid map as to location, boxed in a
container suitable for mailing, and sent by express mail to the OMAC
Laboratories Limited in Galway, Ireland for testing.  Assay testing on
the samples utilized an ICP-MS spectrometer to test for numerous
elements, specifically scandium.  Mr. Willem Duyvesteyn, CTO of EMC, is
the Qualified Person who is responsible for the design and conduct of
the exploration program, and reviewed the program results.

Mr. Willem Duyvesteyn, Chief Technology Officer of EMC commented:

"We are highly encouraged by these initial surface sample results
showing potential scandium values of over 200 ppm at Tørdal. In
addition to scandium, the Kleppe-Heftetjern pegmatites also offer
potential for associated specialty and rare metals such as tin,
beryllium, gallium, and tantalum.  A similar surface sampling
exploration program for the Evje-Iveland project has begun, and follow
up work on Tørdal is continuing."

Mr. George Putnam, CEO of EMC commented:

"EMC is at the forefront of exploration for scandium Norway and other
regions.  We have engaged SNC Lavalin to prepare an independent report
on the economic feasibility of the Nyngan project.  Fieldwork in Norway
and elsewhere is designed to rapidly develop new targets for drilling
and development of a multi-source supply of scandium to world markets."

About EMC Metals

EMC's high priority development opportunity is the Nyngan Scandium joint
venture with Jervois Mining Limited of Melbourne, Australia.  The
Nyngan Scandium Project has a National Instrument ("NI") 43-101
measured and indicated resource estimate of 12 million tonnes, grading
261 ppm Sc, based on a cut-off grade of 100 ppm Sc ("NI 43-101
Technical Report on Nyngan Scandium, Jervois Mining Limited, Nyngan,
New South Wales, Australia", March 25, 2010).

EMC also holds the Springer Tungsten property in Nevada, USA, and the
Carlin Vanadium property near Carlin, Nevada.  Both properties have
current NI 43-101 compliant resource estimates, available on the
Company website and on SEDAR.

The technical information in this news release has been reviewed by
Willem Duyvesteyn, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument
43-101. Mr. Duyvesteyn is employed by EMC Metals.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority
has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

This press release contains forward-looking information that involve
various risks and uncertainties regarding future events. Such
forward-looking information can include without limitation statements
based on current expectations involving a number of risks and
uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance.
Specifically, while we are in the process of obtaining an independent
feasibility study on our Nyngan project, until such report is available
and demonstrates positive feasibility of the project, readers should
not assume that the project is economically feasible.  In addition, a
production decision involves numerous risks, including financing of the
project, market demand and market price fluctuations  for scandium
produced and/or processed by us and other standard and usual risks of a
mining operation.  In regards to our exploration activities described
in this press release, there is no guarantee that we will identify
suitable targets for drilling, or that results of drilling will merit
further exploration.  In addition, our exploration activities are
subject to available funding, which may require that we raise capital
by equity based financing, the success of which we cannot predict. 
Accordingly, forward-looking information in this press release is 
based on estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are
made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice, and
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SOURCE EMC Metals Corp.