The husband and wife team from the hit HGTV show were charged by the EPA for improper handling of harmful lead-based paint during house upgrades. The news was announced on Tuesday, May 5 by their company Magnolia Homes.
The EPA reviewed several footages from the show and found as much as 33 homes wrongly renovated on the show. The 33 homes didn't show safe work practices as stated by the EPA.
From disregarding the safety issues, the EPA charged the company and the husband-wife team. They have issued a $40K fine for not minimizing risks of lead paint exposure by not covering vents and floors with plastic and other materials.
The Magnolia Homes have agreed to pay the fine and further restore the damaged places by spending as much as $160K on lead-paint removal program in their hometown Waco, Texas.
Following the charge, the EPA head of enforcement Susan Bodine said,
It's important that consumers and contractors understand that improper home renovation can expose residents and workers to hazardous lead dust.
Similarly, Chip and Johanna will also release a short video showing the dangers of lead-based paint and how to carefully remove it within the coming 90 days.