(a) The director may, with the exception of the special reclamation fund established in section eleven, article three of this chapter, expend, in accordance with the provisions of chapter five-a of this code, from special revenue accounts, and funds established pursuant to this chapter and chapters twenty-two-b and twenty-two-c of this code, amounts necessary to implement and administer the general powers, duties and responsibilities of the Division of Environmental Protection: Provided, That federal funds required by law to be expended for a specific purpose may not be expended for any purpose contrary to the laws, rules or regulations of the federal government.
(b) With respect to employees affected by the creation of the division or the transfer of functions and offices to the division the layoff and recall rights of such employees within the classified service of the state as provided in subsections (5) and (6), section ten, article six, chapter twenty-nine of this code are limited to the department of commerce, labor and environmental resources and further limited to an occupational group substantially similar to the occupational group established by the classification and compensation plan for the classified service of the agency or board in which the employee was employed: Provided, That the employee has the qualifications established for the job class. The duration of recall rights provided in this subsection is limited to two years or the length of tenure, whichever is less. Except as provided in this subsection, nothing contained in this section abridges the rights of employees within the classified service of the state as provided in sections ten and ten-a, article six, chapter twenty-nine of this code.
(c) The director is empowered to authorize the payment of all or any part of the reasonable expenses of employees of the division in moving their household furniture and effects as a result of a reassignment of such employee caused by a transfer of functions or offices to the division.