Chip And Joanna Gaines Get Hefty Fine From EPA

By Cody Briana on June 6, 2018
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Oh no! Fixer Upper‘s Chip and Joanna Gaines were just fined about $40k from the Environmental Protection Agency, People reports. The fine stems from numerous projects on the HGTV show! The couple allegedly didn’t remove lead-based paint from houses correctly.

The government agency reviewed footage from several seasons and said they “did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required.” 33 houses were in question. Their company, Magnolia Homes, agreed to pay the fine and demonstrate proper safety procedure for lead-based paint removal in the future. That actually was on an episode that aired back in March, so if you saw that, this is why it was in there.

The full statement from them states: “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. Shortly after being first contacted by the EPA three years ago, Magnolia Homes took immediate steps to bring its activities into compliance with [the Toxic Substances Control Act]. Additionally, to take its commitment a step further, Magnolia Homes made the decision to implement a compliance management program in which it adopted an enhanced renovation record-keeping checklist for use by Magnolia Homes staff and subcontractors.”

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