The EDF group has taken steps to have its thermal power plants authorized to discharge warmer water into the rivers they border, after obtaining this authorization for its nuclear power plants on Sunday, due to the persistence of the heatwave.
An approach with the competent authorities "has just been initiated for thermal power plants", according to a press release from the group.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry told AFP that, unlike the procedure for nuclear power plants, which requires the approval of the government, it is the prefects who make the decision for thermal power plants and who publish prefectural decrees.
"The requests are addressed to the prefect for each site and it is he who makes his decision after an opinion from the supervisory authorities", she explained.
This concerns ten sites in the territory, told AFP a spokesperson for the group.