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Fugitive Emissions

Last updated: February 19, 2017

What Does Fugitive Emissions Mean?

Fugitive emissions are unintentional emissions arising from facilities or industry activities. The EPA distinguishes fugitive emissions by separating them from the type of emissions that would usually be vented through a chimney, vent or other opening. Fugitive emissions may also occur as a result of leaks from pressurized equipment.

Safeopedia Explains Fugitive Emissions

Apart from contributing towards pollution and global warming, fugitive emissions may pose a health hazard to employees or members of the public. Examples of fugitive emissions include dusts, aerosols and evaporation from waste water treatment facilities. Pressurized equipment must be inspected for leaks on a regular basis. Other measures to control various types of fugitive emissions, especially in the form of dust, include water sprays, enclosures, vegetative barriers and the paving of roads.


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