Emgold achieves important milestone in gold mine permit application

    TSX Venture Exchange:       EMR
    OTC Bulletin Board:           EGMCF
    U.S. 20-F Registration:     000-51411
    Frankfurt Stock Exchange:   EML

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Emgold Mining Corporation (EMR-TSX Venture)
(the "Company" or "Emgold") is pleased to announce the completion of an
important milestone in the permit application to reopen and operate the
Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine located in Grass Valley, California. The
Idaho-Maryland Gold mine historically was the second largest producing gold
mine in California. From 1862 to 1956, the Idaho-Maryland Mine produced
approximately 2.4 million ounces of gold at an average grade of 0.43 ounce per
ton including 1 million ounces of gold contained in one million tons from the
Idaho No. 1 Stope, the third largest bonanza ore shoot in the world.
    The City of Grass Valley ("City") has completed the "Idaho-Maryland Mine
Project Initial Study." Completion of the Initial Study marks the successful
conclusion of Phase Two of the three Phase mine permitting process to reopen
and operate the mine. Completion of the Initial Study is a significant
achievement by Emgold and the City. Phase three of the permitting process, the
preparation of the Environmental Impact Report ("EIR"), has commenced.
    David Watkinson, President and COO of Emgold stated, "We are very pleased
to see the permitting process progress to the third and final stage for the
Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine. The Company's focus over the coming year will be to
complete the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") process, complete
the Final Environmental Impact Report, and obtain the Conditional Mine Use
Permit (CMUP) from the City. We are very fortunate to be applying under CEQA,
a well defined and controlled process through which over 40 gold mines have
obtained their CMUP's since the early 1960's. In 2004, based on the latest
statistics available, the National Mining Association reported that California
was the largest non-fuel mineral producing state in the U.S., with 590
operating mines, employing 12,840 people, and contributing $3.7 billion
directly to the state economy. Directly and indirectly, the mining industry in
California contributed 75,900 jobs and $14.4 billion to the state economy.
Emgold is developing the Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine in an environmentally and
socially responsible manner, and is looking forward to making a positive
contribution to the City of Grass Valley and the State of California."


    Emgold Mining Corporation is a gold exploration and emerging
production-company. Emgold is focused on the permitting, exploration and
re-opening of the Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine, located in Grass Valley,
California. The Grass Valley Mining District produced 17 million ounces of
gold from 1850 until 1956 at which time mines started shutting down due to the
fixed gold price of $35 per ounce and rising labour costs following World War
II. The Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine historically was the second largest
underground gold mine in California and is located adjacent to the
Empire/Northstar Mine which was last operated by Newmont Mining Corporation
and produced 5.8 million ounces of gold. Over its operating life, the
Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine produced 2.4 million ounces of gold. Emgold has a
significant NI 43-101 compliant resource and has identified 26 large
exploration targets and 216 resource blocks with significant additional
exploration potential amongst a total of 754 exploration targets. To learn
more about Emgold and to read a recent Wall Street Journal article please
visit www.emgold.com.

                     On behalf of the Board of Directors,

                              Sargent H. Berner
                            Co-Executive Chairman

    No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information
    contained in this news release.

    This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than
statements of historical facts, that address future production, reserve
potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or
developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. Although
the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking
statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not
guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking
statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and
continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market
or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are
not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments
may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.
For more information on the Company, Investors should review the Company's
filings that are available at www.sedar.com or the Company's website at
www.emgold.com .

For further information:

For further information: Michael O'Connor, Manager, Investor Relations,
Tel: (604) 687-4622, Fax: (604) 687-4212, Email: info@emgold.com

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