Ban the Leaks

Choose a ball valve with leak-tight seals to curb fugitive emissions.

By Michael Adkins and Pete Ehlers

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More attention worldwide is being focused on fugitive emissions, which are equipment leaks, as opposed to point-source emissions from reactor vents or boiler exhaust stacks. The trend is toward stringent limitations and more scrutiny, and fugitive emissions will be in the vanguard as regulators attempt to impose the next set of emissions standards.

Fugitive emissions are defined variously and might refer to a wide range of emissions not confined to a stack, duct or vent, including emissions from bulk handling or processing of raw materials, windblown dust and other industrial processes.

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