Chip, Joanna Gaines $40,000 EPA Penalty for Lead Paint Violations | PEOPLE.com
Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ company Magnolia Homes has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after they broke strict rules while removing lead paint during remodels on their HGTV show Fixer Upper.
The EPA reviewed footage from several seasons of Fixer Upper and found 33 homes renovated on the show “did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required,” according to a statement on EPA’s website Tuesday.
From not following statutes to minimize risks from lead paint exposure to not covering floors and vents with plastic to capture paint chips, the EPA found multiple violations of regulations which are particularly important in homes built before 1978 are being renovated.
The couple’s company, Magnolia Homes, has agreed to pay a $40,000 civil fine and also made sure to demonstrate how to properly remove lead paint in an episode that aired in March.