Comstock Mining Inc. announced today that it received a unanimous approval from the Storey County Board of Commissioners passing Special Use Permit 2011-016 (“SUP”) that grants the Company authorization to further develop its exploration drilling in the southern portion of the county. Under a previous mining permit in the county, the Company is already permitted for its Lucerne starter-mine operation. This approval affirms the unanimous recommendation from the Storey County Planning Commission on August 16, 2011.

“We appreciate Storey County’s strong support. This permit enables expanded drilling, primarily in the broader Lucerne Resource Area, currently our largest target area,” said Corrado De Gasperis, President and CEO of Comstock Mining Inc.

Conditions in the SUP define operational protocols designed to accommodate the unique nature of the Comstock Historic District. The Company invested significant effort in cooperation with the Storey County Planning Department, the Planning Commission and the greater community to define a number of critical stipulations that prioritize public safety, value community resources and provide additional environmental protections to our uniquely historic mining district.

Storey County is the only county in Nevada that, under certain circumstances, requires a Special Use Permit for mineral exploration drilling. A separate drilling Plan of Operation permit request has been submitted to the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection for expanded exploration drilling of the Company’s mining properties in Lyon County. Receipt of that permit is expected next month. Together, these two permits authorize the next phases of drilling in the Lucerne, Dayton and Spring Valley Resource Areas.

About Comstock Mining Inc.

Comstock Mining Inc. is a Nevada-based gold and silver mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District. The Company began acquiring properties in the Comstock District in 2003. Since then, the Company has consolidated a significant portion of the Comstock District, amassed the single largest known repository of historical and current geological data on the Comstock region, secured permits, built an infrastructure and brought the exploration project into test mining production. The Company continues acquiring additional properties in the district, expanding its footprint and creating opportunities for exploration and mining. The goal of its strategic plan is to deliver stockholder value by validating qualified resources (at least measured and indicated) and reserves (probable and proven) of 3,250,000 gold equivalent ounces by 2013, and commencing commercial mining and processing operations in 2011, with annual production rates of 20,000 gold equivalent ounces.

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Contact information for Comstock Mining Inc.:

P.O. Box 1118

Virginia City, NV 89440

Doug McQuide

Joanna Longo

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Investor Relations

Tel (775) 847-7376

Tel (416) 238-1414 x233