Uranium Energy Corp Receives Production Area-1 Draft Authorization at Goliad



    
    Company Provides Additional Updates on the Permitting Process for the
    Goliad In-Situ Recovery ("ISR") Uranium Project in South Texas

    NYSE AMEX - UEC
    Frankfurt Stock Exchange Symbol - U6Z
    

    AUSTIN, May 20 /CNW/ - Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE AMEX:   UEC, "the
Company") is pleased to announce that it has received a Draft Production Area
Authorization for Production Area 1 at the Company's Goliad ISR Uranium
Project from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ"). The
authorization was received on May 4, and the Company has 30 days to review the
authorization for accuracy and to offer suggested changes to TCEQ. At the end
of the 30-day review period in June, the Company expects to receive
instructions from TCEQ to announce the receipt of the Final Draft Production
Area Authorization publicly.

    Status of Permitting Progress at the Goliad Project

    As noted in an earlier press release on December 2, 2008, the Company
completed its filing of all required permit applications for In-Situ Recovery
of uranium at the Company's flagship Goliad Project in South Texas. In Texas,
uranium producers and near-term producers deal with one agency, the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ"), for all required and related
permits and licenses. Since December, 2008, significant progress has been made
in processing the applications, and a brief update of the permit status
follows:

    
    (a) Mine Permit -- The final draft mine permit was issued by TCEQ in June
        2008, and after providing public notice and responding to public
        comments, the Executive Director of TCEQ recommended issuance of the
        mine permit in November 2008.

        The next step will be a public hearing, as normally occurs in the
        mine permitting process, so that opposing views can be aired and
        reviewed. The public hearing is conducted by the State Office of
        Administrative Hearings ("SOAH"). At the conclusion of the
        administrative hearing, SOAH will make its recommendation to TCEQ's
        commissioners, and the commissioners will render a final decision.
        The first step of the administrative hearing process began on May 14
        when a preliminary hearing was held by SOAH. Uranium Energy Corp is
        pleased with the outcome of the hearing and is looking forward to
        completing this final stage in the process.

    (b) Production Area Authorization (PA-1) - As noted above, the Company
        received a draft authorization on May 4 and expects to publish notice
        of the final draft in June.

    (c) Permit by Rule - The proposed Goliad operation was evaluated by TCEQ
        for an air quality permit and it was determined that since the
        operation will not produce significant air contaminants, TCEQ issued
        the Company a Permit by Rule in January this year.

    (d) Radioactive Material License - TCEQ is conducting its technical
        review of the Radioactive Material License Application. The
        Company stands ready to promptly respond to TCEQ's request for
        additional information that may be needed to complete the technical
        review of the application.

    (e) Waste Disposal Well Permit - TCEQ has completed a significant part of
        the technical review of the application. During the review, TCEQ
        requested some additional information, and UEC expects to provide
        this information to the agency next week. Upon receiving the
        information, TCEQ will be able to complete the final stages of the
        technical review during the next few months.

    (f) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the Company a Jurisdictional
        Determination in August 2008. Because the project will not impact
        waters of the U.S., a 404 permit is not required.

    (g) A Cultural Resource Survey and Assessment was completed by an
        independent expert. The Survey concluded that the Goliad Project will
        not have any impact on cultural resources in the permit area, and
        that no further work is required on this matter by the Company. As
        required by the rules, the Texas Historical Commission reviewed the
        assessment and concurred, in July 2008, that the project will not
        have a significant impact on cultural resources.

    (h) Texas Parks and Wildlife has completed its review of the proposed
        mine plan and concluded in May 2008 that there will be no significant
        impact to wildlife.
    

    About Uranium Energy Corp

    Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE-AMEX:   UEC, "the Company") is a US-based
resource company with the objective of becoming a near-term ISR uranium
producer in the United States. Utilizing its extensive information library of
historic uranium exploration and development work, the Company has acquired
and is advancing uranium properties throughout the southwestern US. A Draft
Mine Permit was recently issued for the Company's lead project, the Goliad ISR
Uranium Project in South Texas. Operational management is comprised of
pre-eminent uranium mining and exploration professionals whose collective
experience in this industry gives the Company ongoing uranium mine-finding and
mine development expertise.

    
    Stock Exchange Information:

    NYSE AMEX:   UEC
    Frankfurt Stock Exchange Symbol: U6Z
    WKN: AØJDRR
    ISN: US916896103
    

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