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Rare Element Reports Positive 2012 Drilling Program Results

Thickest Continuous Intercept of REE Mineralization Found to Date Analysis of Initial HREE-enhanced Drill Results in Progress

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rare Element Reports Positive 2012 Drilling Program Results09:15 EDT Wednesday, September 26, 2012LAKEWOOD, COLORADO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2012) -Rare Element Resources Ltd. (TSX:RES)(NYSE Amex:REE)(NYSE MKT:REE) is pleased to announce rare earth element (REE) assay results from 18 drill holes completed from its ongoing 2012 drilling program at the Company's 100% owned Bear Lodge property, located in northeastern Wyoming, USA. The objectives of the current drilling program are the expansion and upgrade of the Bull Hill and Whitetail Ridge oxide resources, and the delineation of heavy rare earth element (HREE)-enriched mineralization at the Carbon target area. The results include assays from seven core holes and one reverse circulation (RC) drill hole at the Bull Hill REE deposit, two RC drill holes from the Bull Hill NW resource area, three core holes and two RC drill holes from the Whitetail Ridge resource area, and three RC drill holes from the Carbon REE target area (Figure 1). Additional REE assays reported here include re-assays of pulps from select intervals in 16 historic gold exploration holes at the Carbon (11 holes) and Taylor (5 holes) target areas that were not analyzed initially for REE. The Company announced the identification of significant HREE enrichment at the Whitetail Ridge Resource Area and the Taylor and Carbon target areas in a news release dated August 4, 2011. The updated resources for the Bull Hill and Whitetail Ridge areas were reported by the Company on May 7, 2012 and based on results from the 2009-2011 drill programs. Of significant note, included in the current results, is the thickest continuous intercept of REE mineralization found to-date at Bull Hill, consisting of 312 feet averaging 4.18% total rare earth oxide (TREO). Re-assay for REE of selected intercepts from historic gold exploration drill holes at the Carbon target also identified significant zones of high-grade REE mineralization, including the highest grades yet reported from the Carbon target. Additional assay results are expected for drill holes from Bull Hill, Whitetail Ridge, and Carbon over the next several months. Randy Scott, President and CEO, stated, "We are very pleased with the progress of the exploration program and the encouraging results we are able to report today. We expect these results to further expand the reserve and resource base and further define additional HREEs. We look forward to continuing success due to the excellent efforts of our exploration team as the 2012 exploration program continues at full speed." Highlights of the current drill program include the following intercepts:Bull Hill Resource Area:RES12-01 - 95.1m (312 ft) @ 4.18% TREO RES12-05 - 11.7m (38.5 ft) @ 3.43% TREO23.8m (78 ft) @ 3.78% TREORES12-06 - 12.5m (41 ft) @ 4.17% TREO21.9m (72 ft) @ 2.87% TREO20.7m (68 ft) @ 2.87% TREORES12-07 - 79.2m (260 ft) @ 3.35% TREO28.8m (94.5 ft) @ 3.32% TREOSUN-152 (RC)-6.1m (20 ft) @ 6.51% TREO 15.2m (50 ft) @ 3.11% TREO27.4m (90 ft) @ 4.32% TREO Bull Hill NW Resource Area: SUN-138 (RC)- 9.1m (30 ft) @ 2.97% TREO18.3m (60 ft) @ 5.12% TREO Whitetail Ridge Resource Area: RES12-51 - 8.2m (27 ft) @ 3.57% TREORES12-52 -5m (16.5 ft) @ 7.98% TREO 5.9m (19.5 ft) @ 3.38% TREO10.8m (35.5 ft) @ 2.28% TREOSUN-141 (RC)-27.4m (90 ft) @ 2.94% TREO33.5m (110 ft) @ 2.06% TREO Carbon REE Target Area: SUN-154 (RC)-12.2m (40 ft) @ 2.54% TREO9.1m (30 ft) @ 3.24% TREOSUN-001 (RC)-15.2m (50 ft) @ 14.83% TREO (pulp re-assay/historic holes)7.6m (25 ft) @ 4.56% TREOSUN-022 (RC)-7.6m (25 ft) @ 6.56% TREOSUN-032 (RC)-4.6m (15 ft) @ 10.23% TREO4.6m (15 ft) @ 7.27% TREOSUN-033 (RC)-4.6m (15 ft) @ 5.98% TREOSUN-034 (RC)-9.1m (30 ft) @ 11.65% TREO Taylor REE Target Area: SUN-015 (RC)-4.6m (15 ft) @ 2.43% TREO (pulp re-assay/historic holes)SUN-107 (RC)-3m (10 ft) @ 4.22% TREOSUN-111 (RC)-3m (10 ft) @ 3.98% TREODr. Jim Clark, Vice President of Exploration, stated: "These initial results from our 2012 drilling confirm our belief in the quality and continuity of the resources. We expect to significantly expand the Measured and Indicated resources at Bull Hill and to develop Measured and Indicated resources at Whitetail Ridge. Simultaneously, we are working to understand the nature and distribution of the HREE-enrichment at the Whitetail Ridge resource, and at the Carbon and Taylor target areas. The HREE-enrichment will be discussed in an upcoming news release. The Bear Lodge district has tremendous upside exploration potential." Drilling Results The host for rare earth mineralization in the Bear Lodge Mountains is an alkaline igneous complex that forms the core of the mountain range. Rare earth mineralization intersected in the 18 holes is primarily contained within the near-surface oxidized and leached F (FeOx)-M (MnOx)-R (REE minerals) (FMR) and oxidized and incompletely leached (oxide carbonate/OxCa) equivalents of carbonatite dikes that are widespread in the district and concentrated in dike swarms and stockwork zones along the southwest flank of the Bull Hill diatreme, west of the Bull Hill drainage, and in association with the Whitetail Ridge diatreme, northwest of Bull Hill (Figure 1). The host rocks at Bull Hill and Whitetail Ridge consist largely of heterolithic intrusive breccia, while the host rocks west of Bull Hill are predominantly trachyte, phonolite, and subordinate breccia. FMR refers to the major constituents of the highly oxidized, former carbonatite dikes that occur in the depth range from the surface from 90 to 150 m (300-500 ft) beneath the surface. REE assay values are reported by convention as the combined oxide equivalents (REO) of the fifteen elements in the lanthanide series + yttrium. The oxide equivalents are approximately 15.6% higher than the combined metal assay values. The Bull Hill deposits at the Bear Lodge project contain predominantly the "light" REEs (lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce), praseodymium (Pr), neodymium (Nd), and samarium (Sa)), with economically important quantities of several of the "heavy" REEs (europium (Eu), dysprosium (Dy), and terbium (Tb)). The Whitetail Ridge Resource area, and the Carbon and Taylor REE-gold target areas, can show significant HREE enrichment, with enhanced abundances of Eu, Dy, Tb, and yttrium (Y) (See news release dated August 4, 2011). Bull Hill Resource Area Five of the eight holes in the Bull Hill Resource Area were drilled along a prescribed NE-SW grid, at azimuths of either 045º or 225º, the former as infill holes in the main Bull Hill SW deposit, and the latter as tests of the western part of the deposit. The other three holes were drilled along different azimuths to test specific areas of structural complexity. The resource evaluation grid was established for the Bull Hill deposit in conjunction with Ore Reserves Engineering, the Company's resource estimation consultant. The bearing, inclination, and significant assay intercepts from the Bull Hill area drill holes are summarized below.IntervalInterceptMineralized LithologyTREO (%)Drill Hole(m)(ft)(m)(ft)RES12-0179.5 - 81.6261 - 2682.17FMR vein4.28174.6 - 269.7573 - 88595312FMR stockwork4.18includes5.8195.738.2278.19RES12-0293.2 - 101.2306 - 3327.926FMR veins and dikes2.22147.2 - 150.5483 - 4943.311FMR dike2.34198.4 - 201.4651 - 661310OxCa dike2.61RES12-0388.4 - 90.5290 - 2972.17FMR stockwork3.11203.6 - 206.8668 - 678.53.210.5FMR stockwork2.05261.2 - 273.1857 - 89611.939FMR stockwork and dike2.81285.3 - 287.4936 - 9432.17FMR stockwork2.04RES12-0497.8 - 104.5321 - 3436.722FMR dike4.52171.9 - 177.2564 - 581.55.317.5FMR stockwork2.63222.2 - 224.6729 - 7372.48OxCa dike3.79RES12-0541.1 - 44.1135 - 145310FMR vein2.3246.3 - 48.4152 - 1592.17FMR vein3.2857 - 68.7187 - 225.511.738.5FMR vein and stockwork3.4375 - 77.4246 - 2542.48FMR dike7.24120.5 - 123.3395.5 - 404.52.79OxCa stockwork2.16147.2 - 150.4483 - 493.53.210.5OxCa vein2.78156 - 179.8512 - 59023.778OxCa dikes and stockwork3.78RES12-0628.8 - 31.594.5 - 103.52.79FMR dike3.7373.9 - 79.2242.5 - 2605.317.5FMR dikes and stockwork3.8694.5 - 107310 - 35112.541FMR dikes and stockwork4.17163 - 185535 - 60721.972OxCa dikes and stockwork2.87217 - 237.7712 - 78020.768OxCa dikes and stockwork2.87271.2 - 276890 - 905.54.715.5OxCa dike3.71288.3 - 299.6946 - 98311.337OxCa dike3.18RES12-070 - 180 - 591859FMR veins and stockwork2.5935.3 - 114.6116 - 37679.2260FMR veins and stockwork3.35Including62011.693.6127.504.61515.00141.4 - 144.2464 - 4732.79OxCa dike11.35155.4 - 161.2510 - 5295.819OxCa dike and stockwork2.92171.3 - 200.1562 - 656.528.894.5OxCa dikes and veins3.32211.2 - 214.9693.5 - 7053.511.5CBT dikes3.58231.6 - 236.7760 - 776.5516.5CBT dikes4.52SUN-1523 - 12.110 - 409.130FMR stockwork3.8218.2 - 24.460 - 806.120FMR stockwork4.9536.5 - 42.6120 - 1406.120FMR stockwork6.5170.1 - 85.3230 - 28015.250FMR stockwork3.1197.5 - 109.7320 - 36012.140FMR stockwork2.83137.7 - 164.6450 - 54027.490FMR dike and stockwork4.32 Bull Hill Northwest Resource Area Two RC drill holes were completed to test northerly-trending REE-mineralized structures in the Bull Hill NW resource area. The holes were drilled along an azimuth of 090º. Significant assay intercepts are summarized below.IntervalInterceptMineralized LithologyTREO (%)Drill Hole(m)(ft)(m)(ft)SUN-1389.1 - 12.130 - 40310FMR stockwork4.9545.7 - 54.8150 - 1809.130FMR veins and stockwork2.3973.1 - 82.3240 - 2709.130FMR veins and stockwork2.9791.4 - 94.5300 - 310310FMR vein2.45100.6 - 118.9330 - 39018.260FMR vein and stockwork5.12125 - 131410 - 4306.120CBT stockwork3.28SUN-13933.5 - 36.6110 - 120310FMR vein5.4170.1 - 76.2230 - 2506.120FMR vein and stockwork2.96161.5 - 164.6530 - 540310FMR stockwork2.21 Whitetail Ridge Resource Area Rare earth mineralization in and adjacent to the Whitetail Ridge Resource area is associated with the Whitetail Ridge diatreme. The REE mineralization occurs in north- and NW-trending dikes, veins, and stockwork zones. All five of the drill holes (3 core and 2 RC) were drilled along an azimuth of 270º on a newly developed E-W resource grid. The significant assay intercepts from the Whitetail Ridge area drill holes are summarized in below.IntervalInterceptMineralized LithologyTREO (%)Drill Hole(m)(ft)(m)(ft)RES12-512.7 - 119 - 368.227FMR veins3.5743.1 - 48.8141.5 - 1605.618.5FMR stockwork3.1875 - 78246 - 256310FMR stockwork2.20115.2 - 119.5378 - 3924.314FMR vein2.85125.4 - 131.8411.5 - 432.56.421OxCa dike2.12137.6 - 140.8451.5 - 4623.210.5OxCa dike2.59165.5 - 167.8543 - 550.52.37.5OxCa dike3.79268.2 - 274.2880 - 899.55.919.5OxCa vein2.33RES12-5233.7 - 41.9110.5 - 137.58.227FMR dike and stockwork2.5946 - 47151 - 15413FMR dike5.3358.2 - 64.2191 - 210.55.919.5FMR stockwork3.2672.7 - 76.2238.5 - 2503.511.5FMR dike2.1682.1 - 87.2269.5 - 2865.116.5FMR dike7.98103.8 - 109.7340.5 - 3605.919.5FMR stockwork3.38317 - 318.61040 - 1045.51.65.5OxCa veins2.53RES12-5341.9 - 46.6137.5 - 1534.715.5FMR vein and stockwork3.78115.1 - 125.9377.5 - 41310.835.5FMR dike and stockwork2.28148.7 - 151488 - 495.52.37.5FMR dike5.42187 - 189613.5 - 62026.5FMR dike8.17203.2 - 204.5667 - 6711.24OxCa vein3.98SUN-14048.8 - 54.8160 - 180620FMR vein and stockwork2.0697.5 - 100.5320 - 330310FMR stockwork2.17SUN-14115.2 - 42.750 - 14027.590FMR dikes and stockwork2.94204.2 - 237.7670 - 78033.5110FMR stockwork2.06 Carbon REE Target Area The Carbon REE target is located approximately 370m (1,200 ft) northwest of the Whitetail Ridge deposit along an apparent northwest-trending zone of mineralization. Two RC drill holes (SUN-076 and SUN-079) completed during the 2010 Sundance gold exploration program cut significant REE mineralization in FMR and unoxidized carbonatite vein material. Assays from drill holes at the Carbon target in 2010 and 2011 were reported in previous news releases (March 26, 2012 and August 4, 2011). The REE mineralization may portend the northwestern extension of the Whitetail Ridge system or, alternatively, a distinct FMR/carbonatite mineralized system. Significant REE-bearing intercepts from current drilling at the Carbon target area are summarized below. A set of pulps from assay intervals from Newmont Mining's historic gold exploration drill holes was selected for quantitative REE re-assay, based on the presence of strongly anomalous REE's in semi-quantitative, multi-element assay data (ALS Chemex analytical package ME-MS41), as well as semi-quantitative Niton X-ray spectrometer analyses of the same pulps and additional pulps conducted by the Company. The multi-element data were not available from all of the assay intervals in the Newmont holes. Results from the re-assay of selected pulps from Newmont historic gold exploration drilling at the Carbon target are also given below. IntervalInterceptMineralized LithologyTREO (%)Drill Hole(m)(ft)(m)(ft)SUN-148155.5 - 158.4510 - 520310FMR stockwork2.07SUN-149152.4 - 158.4500 - 520620FMR stockwork3.01SUN-15424.4 - 36.680 - 12012.240FMR stockwork2.5464 - 70.1210 - 2306.120FMR stockwork3.4294.5 - 103.6310 - 3409.130FMR stockwork3.24SUN-00168.6 - 83.8225 - 27515.250OxCa vein and stockwork14.83103.6 - 108.2340 - 3554.615OxCa stockwork2.77121.9 - 129.5400 - 4257.625OxCa stockwork4.56SUN-07c91.4 - 96300 - 3154.615FMR stockwork2.58SUN-011c35.5 - 36.6110 - 120310FMR stockwork2.2275.9 - 77.7249 - 25526FMR stockwork6.75SUN-02113.7 - 18.345 - 604.615FMR stockwork2.59SUN-02264 - 71.6210 - 2357.625FMR stockwork6.56SUN-032115.8 - 121.9380 - 4006.120FMR stockwork3.40141.7 - 146.3465 - 4804.615FMR stockwork10.23179.8 - 184.4590 - 6054.615FMR stockwork7.27SUN-033146.3 - 150.9480 - 4954.615FMR stockwork5.98SUN-03480.8 - 85.3265 - 2804.615FMR dikes and stockwork3.50109.7 - 118.9360 - 3909.230FMR dikes and stockwork11.65SUN-03562.6 - 68.7205 - 2256.120FMR stockwork2.80SUN-03762.6 - 67.2205 - 2204.615FMR stockwork3.37SUN-038172.2 - 175.2565 - 575310FMR stockwork2.10195 - 205.7640 - 67510.735FMR dikes and stockwork3.04 Taylor Target Area The Taylor target is located approximately 760m (2,500 ft) west of the main Bull Hill REE deposit and 760m (2,500 ft) southwest of the Whitetail Ridge deposit (Figure 1). The zone appears to have an easterly strike, as opposed to the dominant northwesterly and northerly-mineralized structures in the Bull Hill and Whitetail Ridge deposits. The identification of the zone and its enrichment in HREE, relative to the Bull Hill deposits, was discussed in a news release dated August 4, 2011, and drilling results from Rare Element's 2011 drill program were reported in news releases dated October 27, 2011 and March 26, 2012. Selected pulps of assay intervals from Newmont Mining's historic gold exploration drilling at the Taylor target were also re-assayed for REE. As was the case with the historic pulps from the Carbon target, the Taylor pulp set was selected based on the presence of strongly anomalous REE's identified in the semi-quantitative, multi-element assay data and from Niton X-ray spectrometer analyses conducted by Rare Element geologists. Results from the re-assay of selected pulps from historic Newmont gold exploration drilling at the Taylor target are given below. IntervalInterceptMineralized LithologyTREO (%)Drill Hole(m)(ft)(m)(ft)SUN-023221 - 224725 - 735310CBT stockwork2.25231.6 - 236.2760 - 7754.615CBT stockwork2.43253 - 256830 - 840310CBT stockwork2.71SUN-107100.6 - 103.6350 - 360310FMR stockwork3.41106.7 - 109.7350 - 360310FMR stockwork4.22157 - 158.5515 - 5201.55FMR stockwork3.53SUN-10924.4 - 25.980 - 851.55FMR stockwork2.68SUN-11157.9 - 60.9190 - 200310FMR stockwork2.13111.3 - 114.3365 - 375310FMR stockwork3.98SUN-112115.8 - 117.3380 - 3851.55FMR stockwork4.16Assays, Quality Control, and Standard Certification Activation Laboratories Ltd. of Ancaster, Ontario, Canada (ActLabs) conducted the assaying for the rare earth elements in the 2012 drill holes reported here in their Ontario assay facility. ActLabs also performed the re-assays for REE on a set of the historic gold exploration drill holes (SUN-001, SUN-007c, SUN-011c, SUN-021, SUN-022, SUN-023, SUN-033, SUN-107, SUN-109, SUN-111, and SUN-112). ActLabs is accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 methods. The samples were prepared and subjected to lithium metaborate fusion, followed by ICP analysis and a mass spectroscopy finish. ALS Chemex conducted the assaying for the rare earth elements reported here from a second set of historic gold exploration drill holes (SUN-032, SUN-034, SUN-035, SUN-037, and SUN-038) in their Vancouver, British Columbia assay facility. ALS Chemex Vancouver is also accredited to ISO 9001, and it operates according to ALS Group standards consistent with ISO 17025 methods at other laboratories. The samples were prepared and subjected to lithium metaborate fusion, followed by ICP analysis and a mass spectroscopy finish. For the 2012 drill hole assays, analytical quality is monitored through the use of randomly inserted quality control samples, including standards, blanks, and duplicates, which are blinded to the analytical laboratory. Results from the analyses at ActLabs are evaluated continuously by Dr. Jeffrey Jaacks, the Company's QA/QC consultant, who is a Qualified Person according to National Instrument 43-101. The results from the current data set of 2012 drill hole assays indicate acceptable accuracy and precision. Blank analyses also indicate no issues with carry-over contamination. For the re-assay of intervals from historic gold exploration drill holes, only internal quality control data from Actlabs and ALS Chemex were used to monitor the quality of the assay data, and those assay data are deemed to be of acceptable accuracy and precision. To view Figure 1, please visit the following link: Rare Element Resources Ltd. (TSX:RES)(NYSE Amex:REE)(NYSE MKT:REE) is a publicly traded mineral resource company focused on exploration and development of rare-earth elements (REEs). In addition to the REE exploration and evaluation efforts, the Company controls the Sundance gold project, which is located on the same property in Wyoming. Forward Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities legislation in the United States and Canada. Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements are usually identified by our use of certain terminology, including "will", "believes", "may", "expects", "should", "seeks", "anticipates", "has potential to", or "intends' or by discussions of strategy or intentions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results or achievements to be materially different from any future results or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, and include but are not limited to, estimates and their underlying assumptions; statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to the effectiveness of the Company's business model; future operations, products and services; the impact of regulatory initiatives on the Company's operations; the size of and opportunities related to the market for the Company's products; general industry and macroeconomic growth rates; expectations related to possible joint and/or strategic ventures and statements regarding future performance.Cautionary Statement Donald E. Ranta, Ph.D., Rare Element's qualified person under Canadian NI 43-101, supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information concerning the Company's mineral project contained in this news release. For a description of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and resources, as well as data verification procedures and a general discussion of the extent to which the estimates may be affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing or other relevant factors, please see the Technical Reports for our project as filed on SEDAR at Note to U.S. Investors - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We may use certain terms in public disclosures, such as "measured," "indicated," "inferred" and "resources," that are recognized by Canadian regulations, but that SEC guidelines generally prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 10-K which may be secured from us, or from the SEC's website at FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Anne HiteRare Element Resources