Chip and Joanna Gaines have officially settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after breaking strict lead paint rules during “Fixer Upper.”
According to a statement on the EPA’s website, they reviewed footage from “Fixer Upper” and found 33 homes “did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required.” Violations included not covering floors and vents with plastic to capture paint chips.
According to People, Magnolia Homes has agreed to pay the $40,000 civil fine and, in addition to that, they’ve stated that they’ll spend $160,000 on a lead-paint abatement program for child-occupied facilities and homes in Waco, Texas.
A spokesperson for Magnolia released a statement to People, saying: “The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint alleging that Magnolia Homes did not comply with all of the requirements of the RRP (Renovation, Repair and Painting) Rule. Shortly after being first contacted by the EPA three years ago, Magnolia Homes took immediate steps to bring its activities into compliance with [the Toxic Substances Control Act].”
The statement went on to share what steps the company was taking to remedy the problem.
“Additionally, to take its commitment a step further, Magnolia Homes made the decision to implement a compliance management program in which it adopted an enhanced renovation record-keeping checklist for use by Magnolia Homes staff and subcontractors.”
“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,” they closed.