Nine people were exposed to carcinogenic PCBs and treated after an old transformer spilled Friday afternoon outside the Veterans Administration Medical Center, 500 Foothill Blvd.
"It was considered quite serious," said Donald Moore, assistant to the hospital director. "Any such spill with this chemical is treated quite seriously."Those contaminated were David Saracino, Willis Tillston, Cindy Smith, Swen Householder, Clifford Park, Robert Everson, Robert Hawkins, Leon Van and Steven Smith.
The victims, who included contract construction employees and hospital support staff, received a scrubdown in the hospital's nuclear medicine decontamination shower then were medically evaluated. None of the victims were admitted to the hospital.
Six automobiles were impounded for contamination testing.
The spill occurred about 3 p.m. behind the dock of the main hospital building on the road leading down to the parking lot. There is no danger to hospital patients or employees, as long as they stay out of the contaminated area, said Robert Schneiter, associate administrator for the hospital.
Schneiter said no one had authorized moving the transformer, after it was tested and found to contain oil with high PCB content.
The Salt Lake Hazardous Materials team, the health department and Environmental Protection Agency responded to the spill.
A specially equipped crew was scheduled to tear up the contaminated asphalt late Friday.