Chip and Joanna Gaines, the husband-wife duo who host Fixer Upper, have been fined $40,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency after improperly handling lead-based paint during their famous house renovations.
The co-stars, who together own Magnolia Homes, have agreed to pay the fine. On top of that, per the settlement, they will complete $160,000 in lead abatement work in Waco, Texas, their hometown.
The couple has been accused of mishandling paint that could have contained lead in 33 of the properties they renovated, and they originally faced a $556,000 fine before the settlement. In addition to the $40,000 fine, Chip Gaines has 90 days to release a short educational video about the dangers of lead-based paint.
“It’s important that consumers and contractors understand that improper home renovation can expose residents and workers to hazardous lead dust,” the head of enforcement at the EPA said in a statement.
“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.”
Children are especially prone to lead poisoning. Inhaling and ingesting lead can cause kidney and nervous system damage. Lead-based paint was banned for use in housing in 1978, and it is likely that houses built before then contain some lead-based paint.
Chip and Joanna Gaines have been documenting their renovations through Magnolia Homes since 2013. Fixer Upper aired its fifth and final season in 2018.
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