Building True Partnerships Between Community and Industry

Topics and Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

  • October 22, 2018 -- Port of Houston: Barbours Cut and Dredging Updates
  • The typical DPCAC meeting agenda includes updates from plants on environmental and safety performance and business information. The main topic may be a presentation, an annual report, or a tour. Time is always allotted for Q&A and discussion. Plans for the next few meetings are reviewed and confirmed. Contact us at if you would like an invitation to attend.

Question of the Month: What does a plant do when a hurricane is predicted?

  • Pre-season preparations: Review, update and communicate the hurricane/extreme weather procedure, Identify needed roles and members of the ride-out crew and after the storm response team, Inventory and restock of bedding, linens, ready to eat meals, water and hurricane supplies, Update site employee’s emergency contact information.
  • Site preparations when a storm approaches: Begin securing loose items and buildings, Begin securing the production units and shutting down as appropriate, Send ride-out crew home to secure their families and be ready to return, Consider public evacuation protocols and announcements, Communicate with upstream suppliers and customers as needed, Reduce inventory of materials as appropriate, Secure valuable documents and computers, Stage hurricane supplies, Activate employee and community communications.
  • Site actions during storm: Ride out crew monitors condition of the plant for safety and environmental, Site leadership initiates daily communication ritual, Actions are taken to resolve any plant issues as long as it is safe for ride out crew.
  • Site actions post storm: Damage assessment is conducted and damage repairs initiated, Develop plan and timeline to return the plant to normal operations, Conducts employee accounting and assessment of needs, Establish employee/family support plan, Conduct pre-startup safety reviews, Employees return to work, Return plant to normal operations, Conduct hurricane response critique and upgrade plan. (#22 – Hexion, September 2018)
  • Click here to read previous questions and answers related to Deer Park industry.

Additional Topics

Current and Prior Year Meeting Summaries
  • September 24, 2018 -- Annual Report on Emissions from DPCAC Plants. Summary 
  • August 27, 2018 -- Planning for the 2018 Hurricane Season. Summary.  Galveston Bay Foundation Slides.
  • June 4, 2018 -- Roads and Bridge Update. Summary  TxDOT SlidesEconomic Alliance Slides
  • April 23, 2018 -- Pipelines 101. Summary
  • March 26, 2018 -- "I've Got Something on My Mind" Program Planning. Summary.
  • February 26, 2018 -- San Jacinto College Center for Petrochem, Energy and Technology, and Update on Patrick Bayou. Summary. CPET Slides.  Patrick Bayou Slides.
  • January 22, 2018 -- Annual State of the Plants report and State of the Deer Park Prairie. Summary. Slides.
  • November 27, 2017 -- Annual Report on Air Quality and Part II of Safety of Chemicals Then Now: Ozone. Summary. Slides.
  • October 23, 2017 -- Safety of Chemicals Then & Now: Benzene & Butadiene. Summary. Slides.
  • September 25, 2017 -- Harvey Experiences and Annual Reports on Emissions. Summary.
  • May 22, 2017 -- Homeland Security in Industry.  Summary. Slides.
  • April 24, 2017 -- Developing the Future Workforce.   Summary.   Slides from Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation.  Slides from Dream It, Do It.
  • March 27, 2017 -- Tour of Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Summary.
  • February 27, 2017 -- & Workforce Development.  Summary.
  • January 24, 2017 -- Annual State of the Plants report.  Summary.
Of Special Interest over the Years
  • March 28, 2016 -- Plant Community Relations Programs.  Summary.
  • August 22, 2016 -- Industrial Hygiene:  Protecting Workers from Workplace Hazards. Summary. Slides.
  • October 26, 2015 -- Deepwells.  Summary. Slides.
  • February 2013 -- How TCEQ Uses Emissions and Air Monitoring Data to Protect Public Health. Slides. Causes of Death in Deer Park Compared to Texas As a Whole. Slide. Summary.
  • June 2012 -- Water Planning in Our Region Summary. Slides.
  • November 2011 -- TCEQ Flaring Study Findings Summary. Slides.
  • April 2010 -- Ship's Pilot's Photographic Tour of Houston Ship Channel
  • August 2009 -- Indoor Air Quality
  • October 2007 -- Understanding the Links between Exposure, Dose, and Health Effects
How We Select Meeting Topics

Every year or so, DPCAC develops a Program Plan to assure it is addressing issues of greatest interest to community members.  Community members, plant members, and guests brainstorm topics they believe DPCAC should address.  Using sticky dots, they choose those they most want to cover in the coming year.  By using different colors for community and plant members, the CAC can schedule the topics of most community interest. The Program Plan is flexible and may be changed by group agreement.

Contact Us if there are issues you would like DPCAC to address or if you would like details and an invitation to a DPCAC meeting.