HGTV Stars Fined for Toxic Lead Paint Violations

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

The violations included failure to provide homeowners with a pamphlet about the risks of lead-based paint, a lack of signs to caution people about work areas, and not obtaining an EPA certification before doing certain renovations.

Under the deal with the EPA, Magnolia Waco Properties LLC, doing business as Magnolia Homes, 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.” EPA says it 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.

Lead is a highly poisonous metal (inhaled or swallowed), affecting almost every organ and system in the body. The main target for lead toxicity is the nervous system, both in adults and children. Long-term exposure in adults can result in decreased performance in some tests that measure functions of the nervous system.

Lead poisoning was among the first known and most widely studied illnesses related to environmental hazards.

The final episode of the reality television show aired on April 3 after five seasons.