Effective control of fugitive emissions

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Courtesy of Catalytic Products International (CPI)

Are you

  • Building a brand new process and want to get through the permit process quickly?
  • Looking for ways to further reduce emissions?
  • Under an order from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to further reduce emissions?

With EPA continually pressuring industry to reduce emissions, control of fugitives is increasingly important to your overall emissions strategy.

When considering pipeline transport of organic solvents, it is critical for any company to consider good engineering practice techniques. A properly designed pipeline system minimizes fugitive emissions with the following benefits:

  • Minimize loss – maximize throughput and yield
  • Safety
  • Housekeeping
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Improved workplace environment – fewer odors

Fugitive emissions in their simplest form are un-controlled release of gases to atmosphere. Each one of us may contribute fugitive emissions when we fill our automobile gas tanks. In this simple case, the displacement of air inside the gas tank as you fill it causes gasoline vapor emissions to exit out the fill spout (un-controlled) to the atmosphere. In some states, there are ventilation spouts that collect these emissions by vacuum.

While both types of fugitive emissions are important to properly design and plan, this paper focuses on the point source of fugitive emissions and effective methods of capture, leading to effective control.

Effective capture can include design strategies using hood collection or total enclosure. Each strategy can be used individually or in a combined plan.

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