Hillary Proposes New Environmental Plan Inspired By Flint Water Crisis

Nancy Bailey

Hillary Clinton may not have won the Michigan primary, but it appears that she was listening to the residents there.

Clinton made an announcement on Wednesday at the National Action Network Convention, an event in New York City organized by the Reverend Al Sharpton. During her talk, Hillary introduced a new plan to "fight for environmental justice," which would include eliminating lead as a major public health threat within the next five years.

"If we put our minds to it, we can get it done… we know how to do the work. All we need is the will."

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 13, 2016

"Across America, the burdens of air pollution, water pollution, and toxic hazards are borne disproportionately by low-income communities and communities of color."

"Simply put, this is environmental racism."

"Simply put, this is environmental racism."

— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) April 13, 2016

She also pledged up to $5 billion in federal dollars to help pay for the replacement of lead-tainted paint, windows, and doors in homes, schools, and childcare centers.

An article by ThinkProgress.org stated, "The CDC estimates that some half a million children in the United States between the ages of one and five have lead levels in their blood above 5 micrograms per deciliter, though no level of lead is considered safe. Public health experts argue that lead poisoning is a largely preventable crisis, but that federal regulations fall short of properly addressing the issue."

Other bullet points in the plan include:

— LCV (@LCVoters) March 7, 2016

Clinton also spoke about a change in transportation as a means of improving air quality and lessening air pollution. She referred to transportation as "a civil rights issue."

Clinton's opponent, Bernie Sanders, has recently called for a nationwide ban on fracking, which Hillary seems reluctant to do. Her new proposal may open doors for Clinton on the environmental front, as her campaign moves into the next round.

[Photo by Frank Franklin II/AP]