Douglas Foy, the embattled Massachusetts development secretary, will step down today from his three-year post, according to his office.
Foy, the former head of the region's leading environmental agency, the Conservation Law Foundation, was picked by Gov. Mitt Romney in January 2003 to help coordinate the state's environmental efforts.
Despite the headway Foy made with environmentally friendly growth, he has increasingly butted heads with Romney in the last year, especially over Massachusetts' decision to pull out of a landmark regional agreement to limit carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas, from power plants. Although Foy's office spent 2 years helping design the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Romney refused to sign on to the nine-state agreement because of the potential impact it would have on businesses and consumers.
Foy, a former Olympic rower, does not have any immediate plans. He recently withdrew as a candiate as the head of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.
More recently, though, there were reports within the environmental community that Foy was chafing at some administration initiatives. And, late last year, the governor publicly rebuked Foy.
The secretary had arranged a meeting between Romney and the founder of an energy company seeking to build and liquefied natural gas terminal at the outer edge of Boston Harbor. At the same time, Foy held stock in the company.
In the aftermath of the meeting's disclosure, Romney forbid Foy from any more involvement in the LNG issue.
The governor and Foy scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference at the Statehouse to make the announcement.