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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 28 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. 

Nineteen 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" 

Q.How does the industry prevent, mitigate and control their impact on our community/environment?

A.  When it is determined that the environment or local communities may be affected by industrial activities, it is necessary to address potential impacts through the application of appropriate prevention, mitigation control and management measures.  Different technologies and approaches can be used depending on the local circumstances. but there is no one "right technology or practice" that can apply to all situations.  Specific measures can be applied to prevent or limit impacts within the response and remediation capabilities to the environment. For example, the petrochemical industry works in partnership with government agencies to prevent spills and maximize emergency preparedness and response.  

Examples of specific measures include the following:  metrics to measure performance, product stewardship; haz-com (hazard communication) training; management of waste streams; methods to keep up with regulations and laws; feedback from interested parties, the community, DPCAC, and Deer Park Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC);  employee training; sustainability efforts;  “meet and exceed” goals.  (#4 – August 2016 – Valvoline)

Read more Questions and Answers about Deer Park industry. 

Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Monday, September 26, 2016
Annual Reports on DPCAC Plant Emissions
& on Houston Air Quality
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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