Chip And Joanna company Magnolia Homes has settled in the U.S. Environmental Protectional Agency after they broke rules while removing lead paint during one of their remodels on show Fixer Upper.
The EPA reviewed the footage from several seasons of the Fixer Upper show and found 33 homes renovated that “did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required,” according to a statement on EPA’s website Tuesday.
They did not take the necessary minimum risks when removing lead paint exposure, not covering floors and vents with plastic to capture paint chips.
The couples company, Magnolia Homes, has agreed to the civil fine of $40,000.
The Gaines have also decided to make further amends by spending $160,000 on a lead paint abatement program for homes and child-occupied facilities in their home town of Waco, Texas.
The EPA said Magnolia was cooperative in its investigation and volunteered information.
“It’s important that consumers and contractors understand that improper home renovation can expose residents and workers to hazardous lead dust,” Susan Bodine, the head of enforcement at the EPA, told The Hill 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.”