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A longtime former Battelle Energy Alliance employee is suing the government contractor and a nuclear reactor design company owned by Bill Gates, saying he was forced out of his job when he complained Gates’ company TerraPower was breaking its agreement with the U.S. government.

Battelle is the contractor that operates Idaho National Laboratory. In 2011, Battelle entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Washington state-based TerraPower LLC to develop and test metallic fuel irradiation behavior, fabrication and fast reactor structural materials. The contract involved $17 million in contributions of materials, including nuclear material, and services from the U.S. Department of Energy over five years.

A complaint from former Battelle Energy Alliance employee Doug Toomer, alleging he was forced out of his job for complaining about the contractor TerraPower defrauding the federal government.
A motion from the U.S. Attorney's office asking that Toomer's complaint be dismissed.
U.S. District Judge David Nye's ruling dismissing Doug Toomer's False Claims Act complaint but letting him move forward with his retaliation claim.

Reporter Nathan Brown can be reached at 208-542-6757. Follow him on Twitter: @NateBrownNews.

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