The stars of the popular home-renovation show “Fixer Upper” have been fined $40,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency for improper handling of harmful lead-based paint during house upgrades, the agency announced Tuesday.
Handy husband-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines — co-stars of the hit HGTV show and owners of Magnolia Homes — agreed to pay the fine and complete $160,000 in lead abatement work in and around their hometown of Waco, Texas, as part of the settlement.
The duo and their contractors didn’t take proper safety precautions when remodeling 33 homes built before 1978, the year that lead-based paint was banned from use in housing, the EPA charged.
“It’s important that consumers and contractors understand that improper home renovation can expose residents and workers to hazardous lead dust,” said EPA head of enforcement Susan Bodine.
“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.”
Chip Gaines will also have to release a short video about the dangers of lead-based paint within 90 days.