New technology, in the form of pellets made of compressed wood, make modern wood heating much more convenient. But can this wood smoke harm our health? Rick Peltier of UMass Amherst’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, is working to make sure we make smart energy choices about the types of fuel we use to keep warm, choices that will also that protect human health.
With support from UMass Clean Energy Extension, he is monitoring air from a mobile air quality sampling laboratory, measuring the particulates found in the air. These data will be able to show whether or not pellet emissions could be harmful for a community. And knowing this information is important for policy makers, industry leaders, scientists, and families.