Popular HGTV stars Good bones Reform series has been ordered to get the lead out.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it had reached an agreement with “Two Chicks and a Hammer, Inc.” – mother-daughter pair Karen E. Company 8 founded by Lane and Mina Starsiak Hawk The ruling indicates that they have violated federal lead paint laws.
Good bones Starsiak Hawk, a real estate agent and mother of two, and her mother, Karen E. Lane, follow a lawyer when they purchase dilapidated property in their hometown of Indianapolis. During each episode, the couple demos the houses to the studs and renovates their gorgeous family home, giving them a glimpse into their personal lives.
The fines agreed to in the EPA settlement include 40,000 in fines and will create a video about the reforms involving lead-based paint that will feature Hawk. The company needs to share that video – and the other about protecting children from lead exposure – on its social media channels.
According to the settlement, two children and a hammer did not admit or deny specific allegations.
The settlement stems from renovations performed in 2017 on three different properties in Indianapolis, Indiana. All three homes were built before 1978, when the federal government banned lead-based paint.
The EPA alleges that the renovations to those properties did not comply with the requirements of the Federal Lead Reform, Repair and Painting Regulations. The “two cubs” were not certified to perform that task and failed to properly contain and transport waste to prevent the release of lead dust and debris, the EPA claimed.
“Compliance with the Federal Lead Paint Act is essential for the protection of children across the country and is a priority for the EPA,” said Debra Shore, administrator of EPA Region 5, which has Indiana, in a statement. “Since a lot of people are watching this kind of TV show for their own home remodeling tips, it’s very important for these shows to show lead-safe work practices.”
Hawke told the Indianapolis Star, which first reported the story, that his company had no control over the show’s editing process. He said the on-camera visuals are a highlight reel that shows 42 minutes of the six-month process. He maintained that the company had “always taken all precautions” when dealing with hazardous materials while dismantling the structure.
But “that part of the process is not ‘interesting enough’ to cut the TV,” Hawk told the industry. “We value the safety of our buyers and recognize the importance of EPA and the importance of manufacturers following safe building practices.”
Good bones According to the industry, EPA is not the only HGTV show to be noticed year after year. The agency has handled a number of lead rule enforcement cases in recent years, along with other programs, including Magnolia Homes, Rehab Addict and Bargain Mansion.
HGTV has ordered 13-episodes for the seventh season of the popular mother-daughter home-renovation series premiering in the summer of 2022.
The initial pickup comes in six episodes in Season 6, which has attracted 12 million viewers since its June 29 premiere, according to HGTV. In addition, Discovery + is preparing a companion spinoff series, Good Bones: Risky Business With Mina Starsiak Hawk, also for the premiere in the summer of 2022.