Chip and Joanna Gaines' company fined by EPA for breaking lead paint rules on 'Fixer Upper'

Chip and Joanna Gaines have settled with the Environmental Protection Agency after violating strict lead paint rules. 

The couple's company, Magnolia Homes, will have to pay $40,000 and "take steps to ensure compliance with lead-based paint regulations in future renovation projects, address lead-based paint hazards at high-risk homes in Waco, Texas, and educate the public to lead-based paint hazards and appropriate renovation procedures," a statement on the EPA's website read.

After reviewing several seasons of Fixer Upper — the couple's former show that aired its last episode in April — the EPA found that they broke the Renovation, Remodeling and Painting Rule (RRP Rule), which requires firms to take precautions to reduce the risk of lead exposure in homes built before 1978, in 33 properties. Once notified of the violations "Magnolia took immediate steps to ensure compliance with the RRP Rule, including to obtain RRP certification and training for the firm and its staff and to ensure active compliance across all ongoing renovation projects," the EPA said. 

The specific rules the Gaines broke included not obtaining EPA certification, assigning a certified renovator to properties, providing a pamphlet to home owners, posting warning signs, and disregard for the general work practice standards. 

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Following full compliance with the investigation, Chip, 43, and Joanna, 40, agreed to spend $160,000 on a supplemental environmental project, which will help to abate lead-based paint hazards in Waco, Texas.

The couple also spoke about the dangers of lead-based paint in a March episode of Fixer Upper. Additionally, they will post a video to their website and social media accounts in which Chip will "discuss lead safety and depict some of the safe work practices required by the RRP Rule," the EPA said.

A spokesperson for Magnolia spoke about the settlement in a statement to People

"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. Shortly after being first contacted by the EPA three years ago, Magnolia Homes took immediate steps to bring its activities into compliance with [the Toxic Substances Control Act]," the statement said.

The statement continued: "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,” the Magnolia statement continued."

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As if we needed a reason to love Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively more?! The power couple love the HGTV series so much that they've actually developed a friendship with Chip and Jo. 

"Ryan and I have actually become friendly with Chip and Joanna, and they are just amazing," Blake told People.

How friendly? Blake and Jo apparently email each other all the time. How can we get in on this email chain?!

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Even Taylor Swift can't resist Chip and Jo's charm!

The "Blank Space" singer loves her some "Fixer Upper" and so that means y'all are basically BFFs. 

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Cute! Comedian Leslie Jones gushed about "Fixer Upper" in a sweet Twitter message. She even gave a shoutout to Chip's corny jokes. We're thinking Chip is somewhere giving himself a fist pump for this one:

"Fixer upper I love to watch them rebuild stuff love home improvement shows. Chip always makes me smile"

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When Cher tweets about your show, you know you've made it!

The legendary songstress tweeted about the sweet memories the show brought back from a house in the past. Of course, Chip and Jo replied back that they were "honored."

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Scott Foley's weakness is obviously home renovation shows.

The "Scandal" star loves watching the HGTV series with his family every week, and he even posted this adorable photo while watching.

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Figure skater turned TV personality Johnny Weir would surely give "Fixer Upper" a 10!

Weir gave a shoutout to the couple with some exquisite language: "I watch a lot of @hgtv when I can and I think @TheMagnoliaMom and @chippergaines are so exquisite. Go Texas!"

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Musician Ryan Adams is the ultimate rocker, but did you know he also has a love for interior design?

Mandy Moore's ex-husband made the admission via Twitter: "I <3 #FixerUpper, that show is my shit. So sweet." 

Aww! How cute!

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Double date?

Screenwriter Kurt Sutter and actress Katey Sagal aren't shy about professing their love for the HGTV show:

"@TheMagnoliaMom @chippergaines our favorite new show #FixerUpper @hgtv. You two are f*cking awesome. We wanna hang with you. @KateySagal."

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Kearran Giovanni may star in popular TV show "Major Crimes," but there's only one show she's interested in -- and it's not hers!

She once tweeted: "Can't stop watching #fixerupper who wants to buy a house next door? @themagnoliamom @HGTV."

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"We continue to be proactive with our efforts to ensure total compliance moving forward, and remain committed to raising awareness in our community and our industry," the statement concluded.

The couple announced in January that they're expecting their fifth child. Back in April, Joanna spoke exclusively ET's Darla Murray about her pregnancy this time around.

"I am having so much [fun] now that my kids are older," she told ET at the time. "Time goes by so fast, so this was one of those things where I’m trying to cherish every moment, but back then I had four kids [aged] 4 and under. I was right in the thick of it, trying to figure things out, and now I have four older helpers. They are so excited."

 

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