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Hillary Clinton promises to remove all lead from the US in five years

The plan would certainly be costly

Justin Carissimo
New York
Monday 07 March 2016 22:05 GMT
Hillary Clinton takes on the water crisis.
Hillary Clinton takes on the water crisis. (Scott Olson/Getty)

During CNN’s Democratic Debate on Sunday night, Hillary Clinton made a promise that she may not be able to keep.

Both Clinton and Bernie Sanders were asked by a LeeAnne Walters, the 37-year-old activist and mother of four who helped expose the man-made water crisis, if they would make a promise to remove all lead service lines from public water systems during their first 100 days of elected office.

While Sanders promised that every service line would be tested in the US during his presidency, Clinton took her response a bit further.

I want to do exactly what you said. We will commit to a priority to change the water systems, and we will commit within five years to remove lead from everywhere,” the former secretary of state promised.

The goal seems unrealistic being that the Environmental Protection Agency released a 2013 report saying that it would cost $384 billion to improve America’s drinking water infrastructure by 2030.

In addition to their water supply, 24 million American homes were built with lead paint, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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