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NovaGold Adds VP Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability to Senior Team

December 9, 2010 - Vancouver, British Columbia - NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSE-AMEX: NG, TSX: NG) today announced the appointment of Ron Rimelman to the position of Vice President Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability.

"Mr. Rimelman brings extensive environmental, safety and permitting expertise to NovaGold's senior team,” said Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, President & CEO of NovaGold. "His experience permitting and managing northern mining projects, and the relationships he has fostered with local communities and regulators, will be invaluable as NovaGold advances Donlin Creek and Galore Creek through permitting and toward construction and production.

"Donlin Creek and Galore Creek are large projects that will operate for decades once in production, and we intend to design, build and operate these projects to the highest standards,” continued Mr. Van Nieuwenhuyse. "Gil Leathley and Ron Rimelman bring additional expertise to an already strong team of experienced, bright and hard-working people dedicated to achieving NovaGold's objective of becoming a low-cost million-ounce-a-year gold producer.”

Ron Rimelman has worked as a consultant to NovaGold since June 2009. As Vice President EHSS, Mr. Rimelman will provide leadership, strategic direction and technical expertise in the areas of environment, health, safety, sustainability, risk management and security. Mr. Rimelman will support the successful exploration, evaluation, construction and operation of the Company's mines and projects in line with industry best practices and government requirements.

With nearly 25 years of environmental experience, Ron has managed environmental impact assessments and permitting activities for mines around the world, with a focus in Alaska and other northern climates. Ron's most recent position was Vice President Environmental Services for Tetra Tech, where he coordinated the natural resources group and took the lead on a range of projects, including preparing environmental impact statements for the Kensington and Red Dog mines in Alaska. Ron also has extensive experience with mine permitting and water resources analysis, as well financial and personnel management. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Rimelman will report directly to NovaGold's Chief Operating Officer, Gil Leathley. Mr. Leathley has worked with NovaGold since 2009 as Senior Advisor to the President and has played an instrumental role in reviewing development options and advancing NovaGold's two core properties, Donlin Creek and Galore Creek. Mr. Leathley's appointment as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer was announced on November 25.

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About NovaGold

NovaGold is a precious metals company engaged in the exploration and development of mineral properties in Alaska, U.S.A. and British Columbia, Canada. The Company is focused on advancing its two core properties, Donlin Creek and Galore Creek, with the objective of becoming a low-cost million-ounce-a-year gold producer, and offers superior leverage to gold with one of the largest reserve/resource bases of any junior or mid-tier gold company. NovaGold has a strong track record of expanding deposits through exploration success and forging collaborative partnerships, both with local communities and with major mining companies. The Donlin Creek project in Alaska, one of the world's largest undeveloped gold deposits, is held by a limited liability company owned equally by NovaGold and Barrick Gold U.S. Inc. The Galore Creek project in British Columbia, a large copper-gold-silver deposit, is held by a partnership owned equally by NovaGold and Teck Resources Limited. NovaGold also owns a 100% interest in the high-grade Ambler copper-zinc-gold-silver deposit in northern Alaska and has other earlier-stage exploration properties. NovaGold trades on the TSX and NYSE-AMEX under the symbol NG. More information is available at www.novagold.net or by emailing info@novagold.net.

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