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June 12, 2018

HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines agree to pay $40K fine over lead paint violations

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV television show “Fixer Upper,” have settled with the United States Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that they violated rules for the safe handling of lead paint during home renovations.

The Gaineses have agreed to pay the E.P.A. a civil fine of $40,000 and to inform their audience about the dangers of lead-based paint. Under the agreement, they will also take steps to ensure that their home renovation company, Magnolia Homes, is in compliance with E.P.A. regulations, the agency said.

“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,” Susan Bodine, the assistant administrator in the E.P.A.’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, said in a statement.

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Magnolia Homes was contacted by the E.P.A. three years ago and “took immediate steps to bring its activities into compliance,” John Marsicano, a spokesman for the company, said in a statement.

As part of the settlement, Magnolia Homes will also spend $160,000 in Waco, Tex., where the company was founded, to decrease lead-based paint hazards in homes where residents are at high risks for exposure to dust from such paint, according to the E.P.A.

Keep reading in the New York Times


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