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Fugitive Emission

Last updated: February 23, 2018

What Does Fugitive Emission Mean?

A fugitive emission refers to the involuntary release of environmentally harmful substances into the air, water, land or immediate facilities due to the failure or otherwise inadequacy of storage vessels or equipment. This inadequacy is may be due to corrosion, degradation or wear and tear of such vessels.


Corrosionpedia Explains Fugitive Emission

Fugitive emissions are typically a release of gases or vapors from pressurized equipment. Such emissions include ammonia, nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon monoxide (CO), among others. The release of such substances is heavily regulated by government agencies such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and Environment Canada.

Fugitive emissions may contribute to air pollution, climate change, loss of commodities and harm to human health.

Fugitive emissions may be greatly reduced by the enactment of adequate corrosion protection and maintenance activities intended to ensure the proper functioning of vessels, pipelines and pressurized reactors.


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