Funds appropriated to the Department of Energy for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program or the nuclear weapons programs or other atomic energy defense activities of the Department of Energy may not be used to pay a penalty, fine, or forfeiture in regard to a defense activity or facility of the Department of Energy due to a failure to comply with any environmental requirement.
50 U.S. Code § 2761. Restriction on use of funds to pay penalties under environmental laws
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(b) ExceptionSubsection (a) shall not apply with respect to an environmental requirement if—
Congress has appropriated funds for such purpose (and such funds have not been sequestered, deferred, or rescinded) and the Secretary of Energy fails to use the funds for such purpose.
(Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLVII, § 4721, formerly Pub. L. 99–661, div. C, title I, § 3132, Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 4063; renumbered Pub. L. 107–314, div. D, title XLVII, § 4721, and amended Pub. L. 108–136, div. C, title XXXI, § 3141(j)(4), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1781; Pub. L. 113–66, div. C, title XXXI, § 3146(h)(5), Dec. 26, 2013, 127 Stat. 1081.)