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33 Fixer Upper Renovations Broke EPA Rules

Magnolia Homes will pay $40K fine in settlement
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2018 7:53 AM CDT
Joanna and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York on March 29, 2016.   (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are having to pay up for EPA violations seen on their hit HGTV show. The couple's business, Magnolia Homes, has agreed to pay a $40,000 fine after the EPA determined 33 of its home renovations were "conducted without adequate lead paint protections," reports Deadline, which notes the potential fine the company faced was as high as $556,000.

The EPA notes Fixer Upper footage "reviewed by EPA did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required" though "Magnolia took immediate steps to ensure compliance" when it was notified. Chip Gaines, who in March tweeted advice about engaging a professional to check for lead paint when buying or remodeling a home, will also star in a Magnolia-paid video on lead paint safety as part of the settlement, per Vulture. (The couple are expecting their fifth child.)

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