BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The Town of Islip is making moves in an effort to clean up a park where toxic chemicals were discovered earlier this year.

As 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported, crews are drilling into the toxic soil at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood in an effort to install three water testing wells.

The wells will be used to see how far the toxins have seeped down.

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci said this is the first step toward eventual cleanup of the park, which has been closed since May after about 1,100 tractor-trailer truckloads of contaminated debris were found to have been dumped there.

“It’s very important that we’ve been allowed to put the wells in quickly, and that gives us the ability to get on with remediation and build a new park,” Croci said. “Because that’s what the community would like; to sit down at the drawing board with us, figure out where the slides are going to go, where the soccer fields are going to go and that’s what we’re looking forward to doing.”

Meanwhile a criminal investigation continues into how asbestos and other toxins were illegally dumped at the park.

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