Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper owe the Environmental Protection Agency $40,000 for not having satisfactory lead paint protections in place whereas filming renovations for the HGTV present.
In a notice, the EPA stated it noticed a number of episodes of the hit present, which led to its last season this 12 months, and famous that the couple’s enterprise, Magnolia Homes, appeared to not observe federal guidelines meant to guard occupants from being uncovered to harmful ranges of lead from paint in homes constructed earlier than 1978.
Paint made with lead is now not utilized in new properties, however there are federal guidelines in place to stop chips or mud from tainted paint from spreading throughout renovations. There is not any protected publicity to steer, which in line with the Centers for Disease Control can expose youngsters to well being and developmental issues.
In a settlement with the EPA, Magnolia Homes agreed to pay $40,000 in civil fines, and one other $160,000 clearing properties and child-occupied buildings of lead of their hometown of Waco, Texas. Chip Gaines will even seem in a video instructing lead security and authorised work practices.
A consultant for Magnolia Homes advised BuzzFeed News the corporate is being “proactive with our efforts to ensure total compliance moving forward.” Their full assertion is beneath:
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a grievance alleging that Magnolia Homes didn’t adjust to the entire necessities of the RRP Rule. Shortly after being first contacted by the EPA three years in the past, Magnolia Homes took instant steps to convey its actions into compliance with TSCA. Additionally, to take its dedication a step additional, Magnolia Homes made the choice to implement a compliance administration program wherein it adopted an enhanced renovation record-keeping guidelines to be used by Magnolia Homes workers and subcontractors. We proceed to be proactive with our efforts to make sure whole compliance transferring ahead, and stay dedicated to elevating consciousness in our group and our trade.