Building True Partnerships Between Community and Industry

Topics and Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

  • July 2020 -- There are no regular meetings at this time.
  • 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: Why are DPCAC Plants Considered Essential Businesses?

  • When stay-at-home orders were issued in March, Deer Park’s chemical plants, refinery, and related businesses continued to operate because the chemical business is deemed a Critical Infrastructure Sector by the US Department of Homeland Security. At an early June video meeting, Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) community members asked each member plant to explain why its work is essential.
  • OxyVinyls – Produces materials used in construction, water piping, medical applications including blood bags, IV tubing, water treatment chemicals, and disinfectants.
  • Shell – Refines a variety of fuels for road, marine, and air transportation, as well as chemicals used in hand sanitizers and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Texas Molecular – Receives and deepwells hazardous wastewater from industry.
  • Valvoline – Produces motor oil for essential transportation activities.
  • Vopak – Stores products for the chemical industry, including materials that go into the production of sanitizers, PPE, fuels, and more.
  • Dow – Manufactures unique monomers used in the production of acrylic sheets and shields being used to protect workers. Also vital to the diaper, food packaging, and hand sanitizer industries.
  • Evonik – Makes additives for motor oils used in hydraulic equipment like agricultural equipment vital to the food supply chain.
  • GEO Specialty Chemicals – Produces chemicals vital to pharmaceuticals like acetaminophen and water treatment products. Provides the City of Houston with chemicals for water treatment.
  • Hexion – Manufactures solid and liquid resins used in coatings, including food packaging, aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas.
  • ITC – Provides bulk liquid storage for local facilities.
  • Lubrizol – Produces oil additives needed for transportation, including first responders, as well as chemicals for hand sanitizers, medical tubing, and face shields.
  • Several plants make ingredients or materials for items in high demand due to COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, Plexiglass shields, personal protective equipment, disinfectant, pharmaceuticals, hand soap, acetone, and ethylene for detergents.
  • Click here to read previous questions and answers related to Deer Park industry.

Additional Topics

Current and Prior Year Meeting Summaries
Of Special Interest over the Years
  • March 28, 2016 -- Plant Community Relations Programs. Summary.
  • August 22, 2016 -- Industrial Hygiene:  Protecting Workers from Workplace Hazards. Slides.
  • October 26, 2015 -- Deepwells.  Summary. Slides.
  • June 2012 -- Water Planning in Our Region Summary. Slides.
  • November 2011 -- TCEQ Flaring Study Findings Summary. Slides.
  • August 2009 -- Indoor Air Quality Slides.
  • October 2007 -- Understanding the Links between Exposure, Dose, and Health Effects. Slides.
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.