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FINED: ‘Fixer Upper’ Stars Settle With EPA on Lead Paint Violations

Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” series, have settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on allegations that they used inadequate protection while removing lead paint during renovations.

Under terms of the settlement between the EPA and Magnolia Waco Properties LLC, doing business as Magnolia Homes, Magnolia will ensure compliance with lead-based paint regulations in future renovations. It also promises to educate the public on lead-based paint hazards.

In a statement Tuesday, the EPA says it reviewed video footage from several seasons of “Fixer Upper” of Magnolia renovations of older homes. It says they found violations of regulations governing lead-based paint exposure.

Magnolia also has agreed to pay a $40,000 civil penalty and spend $160,000 to abate lead-based paint hazards in homes and child-occupied facilities in Waco.

In a statement Tuesday, Magnolia spokesman John Marsicano said the company took immediate steps to comply with EPA lead paint rules after the EPA filed its complaint three years ago.

The company has started a lead paint “compliance management program” for its staff and subcontractors that requires enhanced record-keeping.

“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,” Marsicano said.

The last episode from the fifth and final season of Fixer Upper aired in April.