Building True Partnerships Between Community and Industry

Topics and Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

  • February 25, 2019 -- Health Impacts of Living in Industrialized Areas Like Deer Park
  • 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 is a chemical?

  • A chemical is any substance consisting of matter. This includes any liquid, solid, or gas. A chemical is any pure substance (an element) or any mixture (a solution, compound, or gas). Chemicals occur naturally and can be made artificially.
  • Naturally-occurring chemicals can be solid, liquid, or gas. Naturally occurring solids, liquids, or gases may be made up of individual elements or may contain many elements in the form of molecules.
  • Human beings probably began combining chemicals before recorded history. About 5,000 years ago, though, we know that people began combining metals (copper and tin) to create a strong, malleable metal called bronze. The invention of bronze was a major event, as it made it possible to form a huge range of new tools, weapons, and armor.
  • We tend to think of chemicals as being undesirable and unnatural additions to our food and air. In fact, of course, chemicals make up all of our foods as well as the air we breathe.
  • Credit: Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. as posted on
  • Click here to read previous questions and answers related to Deer Park industry.

Additional Topics

Current and Prior Year Meeting Summaries
  • January 28, 2019 -- Annual State of the Plants. Summary.
  • November 28, 2018 -- What's on the Minds of Students. Summary
  • October 22, 2018 -- Port of Houston: Barbours Cut and Dredging Updates. SummaryPort Slides.
  • 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. Shell Pipeline Slides.
  • 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. Deer Park Prairie 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.
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.