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Tackling Brownfields in Appalachia: A Decades-Old Challenge

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC) Division of Underground Storage Tanks has been involved in the transformation of an historic Washington County property that previously served as a train depot in the 1800s and an auto center in the 1960s. Today, the Yee-Haw Brewing Co. Taproom and White Duck Taco Shop occupy the refurbished location. The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina "Tweetsie" Railroad Co. constructed the Tweetsie Railroad Depot in Johnson City in 1891 to transport passengers, iron ore and timber from the mountains of Northeast Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Photo courtesy of flickr The depot was utilized for passenger train service until the 1940s, when the mountainous portions of the narrow gauge rail line were damaged by flooding. In the 1960s, the Tweetsie Depot was acquired by the Wexler family, where it was transformed into a full-service auto center. Four petroleum underground storage tanks were…Log In to Read Full Article

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