The Factory


Genre: Science & Technology, Documentaries


Duration: 1x60


Year of Production: 2011


Production Company: Wild Pictures


Broadcaster: ITV


Definition: HD

ArcelorMittal is the world's biggest steel company. It's headed by Britain's richest man, Lakshmi Mittal. ‘Exposure’ investigates how its Czech steel plant is contributing to make Ostrava, one of the most polluted cities in Europe.

 Last year, it produced over 1,000 tonnes of gases and dust including a dangerous cancer causing substance, benzo(a)pyrene. This combine with other sources of pollution including traffic, heating, and the city’s many other industrial plants, to produce a smog so bad that it in winter weather it forces school children, the elderly and vulnerable to stay indoors and keep their breathing to a minimum.

‘The Factory’ investigates lives of residents in the 2 districts of Radvanice and Bartovice, which lie in the shadow of ArcelorMittal giant steel plant. Air pollution is associated with a range of breathing illnesses and has the potential to damage people's DNA. ArcelorMittal are taking significant steps to reduce their emissions and deny they are primarily responsible for pollution in Radvanice and Bartovice.

Series 1: 1x60 | HD | 2011