Chip & Joanna Gaines Fined $40k for a Federal Safety Violation & People Are Pissed

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Fixer Upper was an awesome show on HGTV (sadly, the show ended its run) that taught us so much about a home's full potential, harnessing the powers of shiplap, and working with a budget. Practically everyone loved this series, except for the federal government. (Say what?) Chip and Joanna Gaines were fined $40,000 for breaking a federal rule that has folks pissed ... but not at who you think.

  • Apparently, the Gaineses violated the Environmental Protection Agency's "Residential Property Renovation Rule" on Fixer Upper.

    "... The 'Renovation, Remodeling and Painting Rule' (RRP Rule), implements a provision that Congress added to the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure that home renovations would not expose occupants to dangerous levels of lead from the lead-based paint often contained in homes built before 1978," the EPA mentioned about Magnolia Homes's violation in a statement on its website.

    "The RRP Rule requires firms performing renovations for compensation in such homes to use specific precautions, including lead safe work practices, to reduce the risk of exposure to lead, unless the firm documents that testing of building components prior to renovation demonstrated less than the regulated concentration of lead in surface coatings on the components. Video footage of Magnolia’s renovations of older homes appearing in several seasons of 'Fixer Upper' reviewed by EPA did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required by the RRP Rule .... EPA’s review of information it obtained with Magnolia's cooperation found evidence of noncompliance at renovations of 33 properties."

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  • And had to pay a $40,000 civil fine as punishment.

    "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," a spokesperson for Magnolia Farms told People in a statement about the federal mishap.

    The statement continues:

    "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]. 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. 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 idea of Chip and Joanna violating any federal requirement is pearl-clutching.


    Still, it's not crazier than some people thinking Joanna and Chip purposely got pregnant with baby number five to save their marriage.

  • Folks are in their feels.

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    Is this another celebrity scandal?

  • ... but their ire is fixated on the government, not Joanna and Chip.

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    Did y'all really think peeps were going to get pissed at Chip and Joanna? These comments prove they don't have time for it.

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  • Is the government acting "jealous" of this couple's success?

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    (LOL. We've heard it all.)

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  • Yeah, we doubt that.



    Lead, and the dangers of lead poisoning in children, is nothing to mess with. As silly as it sounds for the government to jump on Fixer Upper, the EPA was doing its job.

    Thank goodness Chip and Joanna were quick to remedy the situation.

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