HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Will Pay Fine Over Lead Paint Violations

By Sandra E. Garcia

June 7, 2018

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV television show “Fixer Upper,” have settled with the United States Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that they violated rules for the safe handling of lead paint during home renovations.

The Gaineses have agreed to pay the E.P.A. a civil fine of $40,000 and to inform their audience about the dangers of lead-based paint. Under the agreement, they will also take steps to ensure that their home renovation company, Magnolia Homes, is in compliance with E.P.A.

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1 in 6 children in Savannah’s historic district living with high lead levels


It’s been four years since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, began to dominate national headlines.

Officials in Flint discovered aging pipes were causing lead to leak into their water supply, potentially exposing more than 100,000 residents to high levels of lead.

Dangerous levels of lead, however, are not exclusive to Flint.

Pediatric health records reveal one in six children living in Savannah’s historic district are living with high lead levels. That’s three times higher than what children were exposed to during the water crisis in Flint.… Continue Reading . . .

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Reuters finds 3,810 U.S. areas with lead poisoning double Flint’s – Savannah Georgia

(Reuters) – Since last year, Reuters has obtained neighborhood-level blood lead testing results for 34 states and the District of Columbia. This data allows the public its first hyper-local look at communities where children tested positive for lead exposure in recent years.

While the number of children with high lead levels has plummeted across the U.S. since lead paint and gasoline were phased out in the 1970s and 1980s, many communities remain exposed to the toxic heavy metal, the data show.… Continue Reading . . .

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