EPA Method 21

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EPA Method 21:
DETERMINATION OF VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND LEAKS

Summary:
A portable instrument is used to detect VOC leaks from individual sources. The instrument detector type is not specified, but it must meet the specifications and performance criteria contained in Section 6.0. A leak definition concentration based on a reference compound is specified in each applicable regulation. This method is intended to locate and classify leaks only, and is not to be 1152 used as a direct measure of mass emission rate from individual sources.

Scope:
This method is applicable for the determination of VOC leaks from process equipment. These sources include, but are not limited to, valves, flanges and other connections, pumps and compressors, pressure relief devices, process drains, open-ended valves, pump and compressor seal system degassing vents, accumulator vessel vents, agitator seals, and access door seals.

Date Issued:
4/27/1995