The town proposes spending $677,000 on the project, including $411,000 to remove the contamination, Russell said. Salem would receive full reimbursement of that amount through the state's remediation program, Fulton said.
The remaining $266,000, funded by taxpayers, would be spent on replacing an aging 5,000-gallon gas tank and a 6,000-gallon diesel tank, Russell said.
A new 15,000-gallon, compartmentalized tank would store both fuels and be more cost effective for the town, Russell said. All town and school district vehicles fuel up at the DPW garage, he said.
Fulton said the Salem site is just one of several hundred fuel remediation projects being handled by his office throughout the state.
The options for dealing with fuel-contaminated soil include heating it to burn off the petroleum or disposing of it in a landfill, Fulton said. The most common alternative is using it to manufacture asphalt, he said.