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UR gets $300,000 to study impact of wood smoke

Rochester Business Journal
February 14, 2014

The University of Rochester is getting $300,000 to study wood smoke in the community and its link to cardiovascular disease, officials announced Friday.

The funding is part of $3 million awarded to 18 research institutions, technology developers and biomass fuel businesses to encourage high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

“By investing in advanced biomass technologies across the state, we are actively reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and building a greater New York,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The funding comes through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Previous studies by the University of Rochester Medical Center found 30 percent of wintertime fine particulate matter is from wood smoke, officials said.

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What You're Saying 

Charles Wells at 4:19:24 PM on 2/14/2014
$300,000 from our NYS tax dollars to study wintertime wood smoke and its relation to cardiovascular disease? Makes you want to have a heart's too cold to be outside anyway. We should limit the number of wood chips. The Safe Act for wood?
James Karls at 5:15:17 PM on 2/14/2014
So after years of Eastman Kodak polluting Rochester's air with thousands of tons of coal from their coal fired energy plant and dumping carcinogens into the Genesee River at the King's Landing Pumping Station we're now going to study the affect of fire wood on our collective...  Read More >
michael thornton at 9:52:14 PM on 2/15/2014
Residential wood smoke is an air pollutant and human health risk. While many feel it's an innocent and wonderful aroma, it is much more dangerous than those feelings assume.

People with breathing difficulties are put at risk when breathing soot caused by unburned woo...  Read More >

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