EPA Slaps HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines with $40,000 Fine


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

Within 90 days, the Gaineses must broadcast a video on their Magnolia website that details proper handling of renovations in homes that have lead paint.

The EPA stated Magnolia Homes violated statutes to minimize risks from lead paint exposure, didn't properly cover floors and vents with plastic to capture paint chips, and violated regulations set up for homes built before 1978. It will feature Chip Gaines and will be shared on the couple's social media.

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.

Magnolia Homes agreed Tuesday to pay the $40,000 fine to the EPA and complete $160,000 of lead abatement work around Waco, among other measures, as part of the settlement with the federal agency.

"The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint alleging that Magnolia Homes did not comply with all of the requirements of the RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) Rule". Those allegations were detailed in a November 29, 2017 administrative complaint filed by EPA. "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". The company cooperated with the investigation and is now an EPA-certified renovator. In one episode, Mr. Gaines discusses testing an old home for lead-based paints and talks about the E.P.A.'s lead renovation, fix and painting rule, known as the R.R.P. rule. "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".