In the heart of the Romanian city of Turda only a short distance from the international tourist attraction Salina Turda (Turda Saltmines), on the ruins of a former chemical plant, children and adults breathe mercury vapor and carcinogenic dust while collecting a few pounds of scrap. They have been doing it for 10 years and nobody told them it was fatal.
A large private company was supposed to clear the area for a huge and some say dubious cost of €70m. But nothing has been done.
No official expert dares to visit the site; too afraid of being poisoned.
This documentary uncovers what is left behind when a dangerous chemical plant is 'safely' shutdown, and the effect it has on the environment and local people who are trying to make a living out of the deadly ruins.
Highly Commended, AIB Awards, Investigative Documentary Category, 2011.
The Romanian Television Professionals Association “Human Condition” Award, 2012
The Jury Prize, TV Mania, Romanian TV Guide, 2011
Flacara magazine's Journalism Award, 2011.
TV reporter Andrei Ciurcanu joined the Antena 3 team in 2010 as an investigative journalist. He graduated from the University of Journalism in 2006 and has been working ever since in the national media. Andrei Ciurcanu is involved the RISE Project, he is a member of the Romanian Investigative Journalist Association (part of the Global Investigative Journalism Network).
Carmen Avram is Antena 3's editorial director. She joined Antena Group in 2010, having worked in the media for about 20 years. During her career she has covered major international events including 9/11, the death of Michael Jackson, the Fukushima Nuclear disaster and has been a war correspondent in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip.