By Beatrice Nolan
The European energy crisis set into motion by the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows no signs of abating and looks to deepen further in coming weeks as record heatwaves hit the continent.
In France, the crisis is so bad that power stations are being permitted to break environmental rules to stay open as the country struggles to maintain national energy supplies, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) granted a temporary waiver allowing five nuclear plants across the country to dispense more than the authorized amount of hot water into rivers, the news agency reported.
The waiver, reportedly in place until September, allows Electricite de France to keep the energy plants operating amid national pressure on supply.
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Beatrice Nolan is a Careers fellow at Business Insider’s London office.
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