Chip and Joanna Gaines Fined $40,000 for Breaking Lead Paint Rules

After their hit show, “Fixer Upper” ended, the buzz around Chip and Joanna Gaines has only continued to grow.

From opening a new restaurant to preparing for the birth of their fifth child, the Gaines family still has plenty on their plate.

However, after viewing several seasons of the HGTV show, the Environmental Protection Agency noticed that Magnolia Homes wasn’t following certain legal procedures.

The EPA saw 33 homes that “did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required by the (Renovation, Remodeling, and Painting Rule).”

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This rule states that certain precautions and procedures must be taken prior to renovation in order to ensure the safety of occupants.

Multiple violations were found that are important for homes that were built before 1978. Things like not obtaining the correct certifications and covering ducts with plastic sheeting were all mentioned.

According to the EPA’s statement, Magnolia Homes was extremely cooperative during the inquiry. The company gave the EPA any information needed about its renovation practices.

They also took immediate steps to make sure that their employees were certified and well-educated on the RRP Rule so that they could be compliant going forward.

Magnolia Homes ended up paying a $40,000 fine and took further steps to raise awareness in their local community.

As a part of the settlement, Chip went to Twitter to use his national platform to educate people about the dangers of lead-based paint and how to properly deal with it.

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They also spent time on a episode of “Fixer Upper” going in to further detail before the show’s end in April 2018.

A statement released by the home improvement company said, “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.”

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