GARFIELD - Federal officials issued an advisory last night, warning Garfield residents to stay out of their basements where hexavalent chromium, a toxin, is known to accumulate.

Back in 1983, EC Electroplating leaked nearly 5,000 pounds of hexavalent chromium into the ground water. Hexavalent chromium is a toxic metal known to cause cancer and a host of other health problems.

Recently, officials say they found extremely high levels of the toxin in one Garfield building, which they have refused to identify.

Garfield City Manager Thomas Duch says the federal health advisory adds a renewed sense of urgency to get the contamination cleaned up.