Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines pay $40,000 EPA fine

Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines pay $40,000 EPA fine

Magnolia Homes, the home-improvement company owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's "Fixer Upper", will pay a $40,000 fine as part of settlement with the EPA.

The specific violations had to do with older homes and lead paint and stem back to 2015, the EPA said Tuesday.

You're not the only one who's been watching Fixer Upper on replay. Chip Gaines also released a tweet about renovating homes with lead-based paint and will film and release a lead safety video within three months of the settlement. They also noted "activities of Magnolia and similar renovation firms came to EPA's attention from their depiction on popular television shows".

Under the deal with the EPA, Magnolia Waco Properties LLC, doing business as Magnolia Homes, will ensure compliance with lead-based paint regulations in future renovations. Those allegations were detailed in a November 29, 2017 administrative complaint filed by EPA.

A spokesperson for Magnolia Homes addressed the EPA fine Tuesday saying that the company took "immediate steps" to comply with EPA regulations under 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".

"We continue to be proactive with our efforts to ensure total compliance moving forward and remain committed to raising awareness in our community and our industry", Marsicano said in an emailed statement. The EPA contests the couple did not adhere to the standards set by the "Renovation, Remodeling and Painting Rule" (RRP Rule), which is in place to protect home occupants from being exposed to "dangerous levels of lead from the lead-based paint often contained in homes built before 1978".

The show "Fixer Upper", which recently aired its series finale, has amassed a huge following on HGTV over the past several years.

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