Alderon Marks Important Progress With Filing of Environmental Impact Statement

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sep 25, 2012) - Alderon Iron Ore Corp. (ADV.TO)(NYSE MKT:AXX)(NYSE Amex:AXX) ("Alderon" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that another significant milestone has been achieved today with the submission of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Federal and Provincial Governments for the Kami Iron Ore Project in Labrador West. The EIS document consists of more than 5000 pages of technical analysis and provides a full and thorough assessment of the predicted project effects on the biophysical and human environments.

"Since we began the journey of developing this incredible resource, we have achieved many exciting milestones including entering into numerous financial agreements and strategic partnerships, as well as securing access to port facilities," said Mark Morabito, Executive Chairman of Alderon. "The EIS represents the building of momentum towards project sanction, and we are pleased to make this submission to both levels of government."

"This extensive document represents more than two years of data collection and analysis, as well as substantial consultation with stakeholders," said Tayfun Eldem, President and CEO of Alderon. "We want to thank every single individual and group who contributed to this process. By working together with communities and stakeholders and keeping lines of communications open, we will ensure that this project is mutually beneficial to all. The incredible amount of effort and detail that went into this EIS also demonstrates our company''s commitment to meeting superior standards for sustainable development."

The next step in the Environmental Assessment Process is for the federal and provincial governments to post the complete EIS and provide notification of the commencement of the public review period. Governments, stakeholders, aboriginal groups and the general public will review the information contained in the EIS, and provide relevant comments back to the government where there are outstanding issues or concerns. In the meantime, Alderon will continue to actively engage all stakeholders, regulatory agencies and aboriginal groups to ensure an efficient and timely completion of the EA process.

About Alderon

Alderon is a leading iron ore development company in Canada with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, St. John''s and Labrador City. Alderon''s Kami Project is located within Canada''s premier iron ore district and is surrounded by four producing iron ore mines. The Alderon team is comprised of skilled professionals with significant iron ore expertise to advance Kami towards production.

For more information on Alderon and to view a summary of the EIS document, please visit www.alderonironore.com.

ALDERON IRON ORE CORP.

On behalf of the Board

Mark J. Morabito, Executive Chairman

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains "forward-looking information" concerning anticipated developments and events that may occur in the future. Forward-looking information contained in this news release includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to (i) the sanction of the Kami Project; and (ii) the details and completion of the EA Process.

In certain cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" suggesting future outcomes, or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance. Forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, receipt of governmental and other approvals, receipt of a feasibility study that meets the requisite criteria, the estimation of mineral resources, the realization of resource estimates, iron ore and other metal prices, the timing and amount of future exploration and development expenditures, the estimation of initial and sustaining capital requirements, the estimation of labour and operating costs, the availability of necessary financing and materials to continue to explore and develop the Kami Property in the short and long-term, the progress of exploration and development activities, the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals, the completion of the environmental assessment process, the estimation of insurance coverage, and assumptions with respect to currency fluctuations, environmental risks, title disputes or claims, and other similar matters. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.

Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors include risks inherent in the exploration and development of mineral deposits, including risks relating to changes in project parameters as plans continue to be redefined including the possibility that mining operations may not commence at the Kami Property, risks relating to variations in mineral resources, grade or recovery rates resulting from current exploration and development activities, risks relating to the ability to access rail transportation, sources of power and port facilities, risks relating to changes in iron ore prices and the worldwide demand for and supply of iron ore and related products, risks related to increased competition in the market for iron ore and related products and in the mining industry generally, risks related to current global financial conditions, uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral resources, access and supply risks, reliance on key personnel, operational risks inherent in the conduct of mining activities, including the risk of accidents, labour disputes, increases in capital and operating costs and the risk of delays or increased costs that might be encountered during the development process, regulatory risks, including risks relating to the acquisition of the necessary licenses and permits, financing, capitalization and liquidity risks, including the risk that the financing necessary to fund the exploration and development activities at the Kami Property may not be available on satisfactory terms, or at all, risks related to disputes concerning property titles and interest, risks related to disputes with Aboriginal groups, environmental risks and the additional risks identified in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company''s Annual Information Form for the most recently completed financial year or other reports and filings with applicable Canadian securities regulations.

Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The forward-looking information is made as of the date of this news release. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of factors are not exhaustive. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information.

Contact:
Alderon Iron Ore Corp.
Montreal Office
514-281-9434
514-281-5048
Alderon Iron Ore Corp.
St. John's Office
709-576-5607
709-576-7541
Alderon Iron Ore Corp.
Labrador City
709-944-4820
709-944-4827
Alderon Iron Ore Corp.
Toronto Office
416-309-2138
416-861-8165
Alderon Iron Ore Corp.
Vancouver Office
604-681-8030
604-681-8039
Alderon Iron Ore Corp.
Konstantine Tsakumis
Investor Relations
1-866-683-8030 ext. 232
info@alderonironore.com
www.alderonironore.com

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