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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 17.  How does a hazardous waste facility know what a customer sends them for disposal at their facility?

  • Shipping and receiving hazardous waste is a highly regulated process. Both the shipping generator and the receiving facility have numerous responsibilities. 

  • Shipping Generator Responsibilities: The shipping generator is required to adequately characterize their waste. This includes chemical constituents, waste properties, as well as any special safe handling information. It is up to the shipping generator to properly classify their waste, including any EPA waste codes and DOT shipping descriptions. The generator must certify that they have sufficient process knowledge or analytical results to classify their waste.
  • Permitted Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) Responsibilities: TSDFs are required to check incoming waste to be sure it meets their permit and can be safely managed. The individual requirements for any TSDF is found in the Waste Analysis Plan which is a part of the facility’s permit from TCEQ. These requirements are tailored to the type of facility.
(#17 – Texas Molecular, March 2018)    

Question 18.  How do local chemical plants safeguard their critical processes and hazardous materials? 
  • Most, if not all, plants have critical processes identified and multiple safeguards in place, such as: Crews that ride out storms, back up systems and generators, and shut down procedures.

  • Risk assessments are also an important part of a plant's overall EHSS programs. These can be an exhaustive process, but help identify all possible scenarios and solutions. 

    (#18 - Valvoline, March 2018)

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

Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Next Meeting
April 23, 2018
Program TBD

For details or an invitation, contact   

2018 Calendar

Jan. 22                                                                              

Feb. 26

Mar. 26

Apr. 23

June 4 (delayed due to Memorial Day)

No end of June Meeting

No July Meeting

Aug. 27

Sept. 24

Oct. 22

Nov. 26 (after Thanksgiving)

No December Meeting

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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