Magnolia also has agreed to pay a $40,000 USA ($52,300 AUD) civil penalty and spend $160,000 ($209,000 AUD) to abate lead-based paint hazards in homes and child-occupied facilities in Waco.
The couple has been accused of mishandling paint that could have contained lead in 33 of the properties they renovated, and they originally faced a $556,000 fine before the settlement.
Chip and Joanna also own Magnolia Waco Properties, LLC (also known as Magnolia Homes), a renovation firm that remodels homes in the Waco, Texas area. The agency said in a statement they had witnessed the violations when they reviewed several seasons of the show, because apparently the EPA has a whole department that's just people with hangovers binge-watching home renovation shows with the rest of us. Houses built prior to 1978 are likely to have at least some lead-based paint and the EPA rule is created to prevent exposure to lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards resulting from renovations.
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"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". The company is also required to release a video in which Chip Gaines discusses lead paint and the importance of complying with federal regulation. Lead-based paint was banned for use in housing in 1978, and it is likely that houses built before then contain some lead-based paint.
Lead inhalation can cause damage to the kidney and nervous system, particularly in children.
Fixer Upper, which aired its final episode on April 8 of this year, was a popular renovation series during the course of its running.