NEWFIELD, N.J. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to address soil, sediment and surface water that is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and heavy metals by past industrial operations at the Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. site in Newfield and Vineland, N.J., according to a press release.

The proposed plan calls for a combination of cleanup measures at portions of the site including capping the soil, excavating and removing contaminated sediment and prohibiting future residential use of the facility.

Hexavalent chromium and heavy metals can have serious health impacts, including nervous system damage and cancer, noted the release.

Wells in the area are not used for drinking water and residents have been connected to a municipal water supply that provides a secure source of drinking water, stated the release.

EPA will hold a public meeting to explain the proposed plan and receive comments until July 26, 2014. The public meeting will be held on July 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Newfield Borough Hall, 8 Catawba Avenue, Newfield, N.J.