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Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) builds a true partnership between Houston Ship Channel  industry and community in Deer Park, Texas  At meetings held 9-10 times a year, we provide a forum for candid conversation about industry-related issues of community interest or concern.

Open, honest dialogue makes plant members aware of what the community expects of them.  It helps community members understand what plants do and how they work.

The primary issues we address are environment, safety, health, security, emergency response and communications, and hazardous materials transportation.  We also discuss other quality of life issues like the economy and education.

DPCAC currently has 29 community members plus several Deer Park High School student members. They include individuals who live, work or attend school in Deer Park, and representatives of organizations and government entities serving Deer Park. 

Twenty plant members represent 15 industrial facilities in Deer Park, including chemical plants, a refinery, storage terminals, hazardous waste management firms, and related facilities. See DPCAC Plant Directory.

DPCAC celebrated its 25th Anniversary in March 2015.  Historical highlights were documented in a 25th Anniversary History booklet.

"Question of the Month" 

When a Truck/ Railcar Leaves a Plant Site, Who is Responsible?

Industry is often asked who is responsible for cleaning up a spill once a truck or railcar leaves an industrial facility.  Regulations lay out who is responsible for what. According to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations, if a truck or railcar has left a manufacturing facility and is in an accident that causes a container to break open and spill chemicals, the owner or operator of the truck or railcar is responsible to initiate spill containment and clean up. However, the manufacturer of the chemical still needs to provide expert advice on response and containment by providing Safety Data Sheets (SDS) or assisting with cleanup.  The TCEQ may step in and conduct cleanup if they think cleanup is inadequate and then send a bill for their services.  Many Deer Park CAC plants are members of the American Chemistry Council and thus committed to its Responsible Care program, whose principles call for exercising stewardship in various ways over the lifetime of the products your company makes.

What Is a Flare?

Flares are safety and environmental devices designed to safely burn off excess gas from chemical plants or refineries.  At the March 2016 meeting, one of the DPCAC plants explained the following and provided the attached diagrams of equipment from which gases may be routed to a flare.   A flare is a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to sending excess gas to the atmosphere. It works similar to burning natural gas on a stove top. Flares are designed with a pilot device that ignites the gas exiting the system to ensure the hydrocarbons/chemicals are safely combusted into carbon dioxide and water vapor before entering the atmosphere. Flare pilots stay lit (similar to water heaters) at all times. Size and brightness of the flame depends on the amount of gas going to the flare.  Flares are used primarily in two situations: Emergency – process flow is interrupted by an emergency (equipment or power outage), the excess gas goes to a flare.  Startup/Shutdown - flares help the plants safely manage the wide range of gas production that can occur.

August Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Monday, August 22, 2016
Industrial Hygiene: Protecting Workers from Hazards
For details or an invitation, contact   

2016 Calendar

Jan. 25-  Feb. 22-  Mar. 28-  Apr. 25
May 23 - No June or July  -  Aug. 22- Sept. 26 - Oct. 24 - Nov. 28 

Recent Topics



 Additional meeting summaries and slides may be found
on "Topics and Meetings" page, year by year.

Contact Us

  For information about DPCAC, an invitation to a meeting, or to make suggestions, contact our facilitator at
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