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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 26 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" 

Question 12.  How do you prevent heat-related illness during the summer months?

Answer:  Heat stress is the first indication of heat-related illness. If steps are not taken to regulate body temperature, it may advance to heat exhaustion and then to heat stroke.

  • Heat Stress -- Exposures to temperatures above 90 degree F, sun exposure, high humidity where the body can no longer regulate its temperature.
  • Heat Exhaustion -- Continued exposures to heat where the body has depleted fluids and results in fatigue, sweating, nausea, slightly elevated body temperatures, pale and clammy skin.
  • Heat Stroke -- A severe condition where the body can no longer regulate its core temperature resulting from prolonged exposure to excessive heat and characterized by cessation
    of sweating, severe headache, high fever, hot dry skin, and in serious cases collapse and coma.

Plants rely on both worker knowledge and supervisory oversight to keep workers cool and hydrated in the heat.  For example, annual training gives workers information about how to recognize and prevent heat-related illness. Such information also may be displayed throughout the plant.  Breaks may be mandated at certain intervals. Water is available throughout the plant.  The individual is the best judge of how they are feeling, and employees are encouraged not to take chances.  (#12– May 2017 – The Lubrizol Corporation)

Click here to read previous Questions and Answers related to Deer Park industry. 

Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Next Meeting
September 25, 2017
Annual Report on Emissions from DPCAC Plants

For details or an invitation, contact   

2017 Calendar

 Jan. 23                                                                              

Feb. 27

Mar. 27

Apr. 24

May 22 (which is not Memorial Day)

No June meeting

No July meeting

Aug. 28

Sept. 25

Oct. 23

Nov. 27 (after Thanksgiving)
no December 

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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