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Who We Are

DPCAC provides a forum for partnership and communication between industry and community in Deer Park, Texas.


Next Meeting

Monday, January 24, 2022

"Annual State of the Plants Report"

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Chemical of the Month


Contact Us

Email us for details and an invitation to DPCAC meetings.


About Us

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 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.

Deer Park Community Advisory Council
Mission & Group Objectives

Our Mission

  • Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) is a forum for an open and frank mutual exchange of ideas between representatives of the local community and industry.
  • The group engages in frequent dialogue to develop a shared understanding of the interdependency of industry and community.
  • DPCAC serves as a resource to industry and the community at large on topics such as health, occupational, environmental and economic issues.

Group Objectives

  • Influence industry decision makers by sharing community questions, concerns, and suggestions about plant operations.
  • Provide input to the communities from the plants about plant operations and issues of plant or community concern.
  • Provide a mechanism for plants to “test” ideas/plans before they are implemented.
  • Promote understanding of and address identified community/industry issues that are important to the community
  • issues that are important to the community.
  • Serve as a means to “educate” the community about the plants and the plants about the community.
Meeting Schedule
  • January 24, 2022
  • February 28, 2022
  • March 28, 2022
  • April 25, 2022
  • May 23, 2022 (before Memorial Day)
  • No June meeting
  • No July meeting
  • August 22, 2022
  • September 26, 2022
  • October 24, 2022
  • November 28, 2022 (delayed due to Thanksgiving)
  • No December meeting
  • DPCAC community members include individuals who live, work, or attend school in Deer Park, and representatives of organizations or government entities serving Deer Park. Plant members represent petrochemical plants, a refinery, storage terminals, hazardous waste management facilities, or other industrial facilities in Deer Park. Industry members include plant managers or operations managers and any full-time community relations managers. The DPCAC Membership Directory lists names and additional information about our community and industry members.
  • DPCAC works to keep the proportion of community-to-industry members approximately two-to-one. New members are added periodically to ensure the membership is reflective of the Deer Park community. If you're interested in joining DPCAC or attending one of our meetings, please contact our facilitator at
  • DPCAC held its first meeting in March 1990 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in March 2015. A 25th Anniversary History booklet prepared for the occasion.
  • DPCAC met 60 times between March 1990 and November 1995, prior to the keeping of a paragraph-a-meeting history of activities, meeting topics, tours, and speakers. See DPCAC History.
Common Questions related to Deer Park Industry
  • Click here to read previous questions and answers related to Deer Park industry.
Other CACs
  • Deer Park CAC is one of 9 community advisory councils or panels in east Harris County, Texas. Local plants began reaching out to community leaders to form advisory groups around 1990 as part of the Responsible Care initiative of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (now the American Chemistry Council). The most recent industry advisory group in the area was formed in 2011.
  • To see a list of communities served and participating plants, check the CAP Directory.
  • To learn more about community advisory councils or panels in general, see CAP Basics.

Deer Park CAC Seeking Secretary...


The Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) is seeking a secretary with strong administrative assistant skills and the potential to become a facilitation associate.  DPCAC meets monthly to facilitate constructive dialogue about environment, safety, and other plant-related issues among those who live or work in Deer Park and the managers of the 14 chemical plants, refineries, and related facilities in Deer Park.

Those interested should contact DPCAC facilitator Diane Sheridan ASAP to obtain a job notice with qualifications and an application.  Diane Sheridan at or 281-326-5253.  Applications due by Monday, January 31, 2022.  The La Porte CAC is also seeking a new secretary; please contact Diane Sheridan for further information.  See

Recent Topics

  • November 29, 2021-- Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) Info on Cancer in Deer Park Summary. Slides
  • October 25, 2021--Sale of Shell Refinery and Factors to Consider When Seeking Cancer Causes.  Summary.
  • September 27, 2021-- Annual Report on Air Emissions from DPCAC Plants. Summary
  • August 23, 2021-- How Plants Protect Workers that Make or Handle Chemicals Like Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes. Summary Slides
    May 24, 2021--Benzene Emissions. Air Monitoring Trends for Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes.  Summary  HRM Slides
  • Major New Weather & Air Quality Study Based at La Porte Airport. Summary Slides
  • April 24, 2021-- The Big Freeze: Plant Experiences, Lessons Learned, Best Practices,  What Plants Will Do Differently. Summary
  • March 22, 2021--Ways to Learn about Chemicals with a focus on Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes (BTEX). Summary
  • February 22, 2021-- A Refresher on EPA's Risk Management Program. Summary
  • January 25, 2021-- Annual "State of the Plants" Reports from DPCAC Plants.  Summary