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

By THOMAS ADAMS - 2/14/2014 3:01:59 PM

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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