Innocent Owner/Operator Program (IOP)

The Innocent Owner/Operator Program (IOP) is very similar to the older Voluntary Cleanup Program. The primary difference is that in the VCP, the property where the contamination originated or is located must be enrolled in the program.

Innocent Owner/Operator Program (IOP)In the Innocent Owner/Operator Program (IOP) a property that has become contaminated exclusively by migration from some other location can also receive a Certificate of Completion that releases the present owner from liability for the contamination that can be traced back to a specific off-site responsible party.

The burden of proof (i.e., the amount of detailed site investigation) for the Innocent Owner/Operator Program (IOP) is normally greater than for most other environmental program areas.