Chip And Joanna Gaines Agree To Pay $40K EPA Fine

Angelo Anderson
June 14, 2018

Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper, were fined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating federal regulations for mishandling lead-based paint in dozens of home renovations featured on the show. In one episode, Mr. Gaines discusses testing an old home for lead-based paints and talks about the E.P.A.'s lead renovation, fix and painting rule, known as the R.R.P. rule.

Lead-based paint was banned for use in housing in 1978.

They also demonstrated how to properly remove lead paint in an episode that aired earlier this year as well as spent an additional $160,000 on a lead-paint abatement program for homes and child-occupied facilities in and around Waco.

"It's important that consumers and contractors understand that improper home renovation can expose residents and workers to hazardous lead dust", said EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Assistant Administrator Susan Bodine said in a release.

"The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint alleging that Magnolia Homes did not comply with all of the requirements of the RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) Rule". You might have also noticed that an episode of Fixer Upper that ran on March 21 discussed lead-based paint hazards - Chip also tweeted about it. Exposure to lead has proven to cause a range of health problems, especially in children.

The Gaines' work at 33 properties were the focus of the EPA investigation, according to the release.

Under the terms of the settlement, the EPA said, Magnolia "will take steps to ensure compliance with lead-based paint regulations in future renovation projects, address lead-based paint hazards at high-risk homes in Waco, Texas, and educate the public to lead-based paint hazards and appropriate renovation procedures".

Fixer Upper began airing in 2013 and just recently wrapped up their show's finale, becoming one of the most successful shows in HGTV's history.

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