42 U.S. Code § 2286c. Responsibilities of Secretary of Energy

(a) Cooperation

The Secretary of Energy shall fully cooperate with the Board and provide the Board with ready access to such facilities, personnel, and information as the Board considers necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this subchapter. Each contractor operating a Department of Energy defense nuclear facility under a contract awarded by the Secretary shall, to the extent provided in such contract or otherwise with the contractor’s consent, fully cooperate with the Board and provide the Board with ready access to such facilities, personnel, and information of the contractor as the Board considers necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this subchapter.

(b) Access to informationThe Secretary of Energy may deny access to information provided to the Board to any person who—
(1)
has not been granted an appropriate security clearance or access authorization by the Secretary of Energy; or
(2)
does not need such access in connection with the duties of such person.
(Aug. 1, 1946, ch. 724, title I, § 314, as added Pub. L. 100–456, div. A, title XIV, § 1441(a)(1), Sept. 29, 1988, 102 Stat. 2080; renumbered title I, Pub. L. 102–486, title IX, § 902(a)(8), Oct. 24, 1992, 106 Stat. 2944.)