Conventional environmental lawyers may find themselves in unfamiliar territory when faced with a municipal citation for allowing a vacant property to become a nuisance or a municipal claim to recover the costs of abating that nuisance. In Philadelphia, the City has a regular program to do both. That program proceeds under City ordinances and regulations, and not the more familiar state environmental laws. A special unit within the City Solicitor’s Office handles this code enforcement program and brings enforcement proceedings before a single judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
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