Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Got into Some Trouble with the EPA

We’re huge fans of former Fixer Upper stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines. Almost everything they touch turns to gold. That is, at least when it comes to home décor.

However, when it comes to certain violations though, we’re not sure how careful they are. Recently, the two actually found themselves in a bit of a pickle after they were hit with a huge fine from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the EPA, Chip and Joanna violated the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), regarding lead paint safety on one of their last episodes of Fixer Upper.

The rule requires businesses to take any and all necessary precautions to minimize lead exposure on homes built before 1978. Back then, lead-based paints were banned from being used as lead exposure was known to cause health problems, especially for children and babies. The EPA is pretty strict about protecting homes built prior to that date for that reason, which makes complete sense.

“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 statement. “Through this settlement, Magnolia is putting in place safeguards to ensure the safety of its renovation work and making meaningful contributions toward the protection of children and vulnerable communities from exposure to lead-based paint,” Bodine said.

Magnolia Homes, the Fixer Upper couple’s home improvement company, agreed to pay a hefty fine—$40,000—to the EPA for violating this rule. In addition, as part of the settlement, the two also need to complete $160,000 of lead abatement work around Waco, Texas, their hometown.

Chip and Joanna have also sworn to ensure maximum compliance with any and all lead-based paint regulations in the future when doing work on any home, whether for their shows, company or just for themselves. They’ve also agreed to make major efforts to educate the public about mitigation efforts.

Chip has already begun with a recent tweet when he posted the following on his Twitter account:

“During last night’s episode, some people had questions about renovating houses with possible lead-based paint. Here’s a link to help you find certified renovators in your area who can help:”

Additionally, Magnolia Home will be creating an educational video that will focus on renovating homes that contain lead-based paint, so look out for that to be posted on their social media pages soon. While it might seem like a hefty fine by the EPA, rules are rules—and we’re glad Chip and Joanna owned up to their mistake and agreed to pay the settlement fine as well as take measures to educate the public on why this is important.

To learn more about the EPA settlement and what was involved for the duo, check out the video below!


Are you Fixer Upper or Chip and Joanna fans? Did you know about this lead paint rule? What do you think of this settlement they had to go through?