Teknecik power plant is estimated to release 40 thousand tons of sulphur and 250 tons of hydrocarbons into the air, annually.
As part of the current national health audit, Esentepe has been shown to have a higher incidence of cancer sufferers. This has naturally focused suspicions on the Teknecik power plant.
Given the relatively high rates of cancer in Catalkoy too, it is claimed that these two regions which are respectively east and west of the power plant may have been affected by its pollution.
Teknecik power plant has not had a filter in its many years of operation. Esentepe Mayor, Erdal Barut claims that this is because the authorities are concerned about the cost of installing one.