Next Regular Meeting will be on
Tues. January 22, 2019: Transportation of Chemicals by Rail





Pasadena Citizens' Advisory Council

Next Regular Meeting Tues, January 22, 2019: Transportation of Chemicals by Rail


Meetings are usually held at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Write for details or to RSVP.

About Us


The mission of the Pasadena Citizens' Advisory Council (PCAC) is to provide a forum that opens dialogue between citizens and industry, addresses issues of interest to both, and promotes awareness and understanding of those issues.


The purposes/objectives of the PCAC include but are not limited to the following:

  • Industry and community will work together to educate the community about who "industry" is, their operations, and what they do for the community.  Methods could include plant tours the PCAC believes useful, with question and answer sessions at plant sites.  Industry should verbalize future plans well in advance so the community can digest and react to them and so that industry can work with the community to address concerns.
  • Community and industry will work together to improve industry's understanding of community concerns.  Concerns could relate to worker and community health and safety, risks and impacts from living near industry, emergency preparedness, economic issues, aesthetic issues, the relationship between jobs and education and the needs in Pasadena, and so on.  Concerns could be identified by the PCAC itself or by a survey with sufficient focus that the PCAC could later consider how to address concerns.
  • Industry will share its operating philosophy with the community so the community can assess industry performance and work with industry to bring about changes to improve the quality of life in Pasadena.


PCAC community members include individuals who live or work in Pasadena and representatives of organizations and government entities serving Pasadena.  Currently, there are 31 individual PCAC community members and 6 organization members. Plant managers of 18 Pasadena industrial facilities comprise the
plant members of PCAC.  Plant managers represent either a chemical plant, refinery, fertilizer plant, power plant, storage terminal, wastewater treatment facility, or recycling facility.  See the PCAC Plant Directory.

PCAC is large enough to reflect the diversity of the city but small enough to allow dialogue.   New members are added periodically. If you live or work in Pasadena, the best way to decide if you are interested in membership is to attend a few meetings to see what PCAC does and how it works.  Contact us at  to be placed on our mailing list or to RSVP for a meeting.


PCAC meets 9 times a year to engage in dialogue about issues.   Members select agenda items, focusing on topics that relate to industry. Topics include:
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Environment
  • Security
  • Hazardous materials transportation
  • Emergency response and communications
  • Economy
  • Education
The organization addresses topics by group dialogue, plant presentations and data-sharing, tours of plants and related facilities, and inviting outside speakers to share their views.   Meetings are run by a neutral, third-party, professional facilitator.  Ground rules guide work.


PCAC held its first meeting in January 1991 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in January 2011.  DPCAC met 60 times between January 1991 and January 1997, prior to the keeping of a paragraph-a-meeting history
of PCAC activities, meeting topics, tours, and speakers.    
PCAC is one of 9 community advisory councils or panels in east Harris County, Texas. CACs/CAPs grew out of the Chemical Manufacturers Association Responsible Care program, established in 1988.  Responsible Care requires members of what is now the American Chemistry Council to make a commitment to seek public input and listen and respond to concerns.  One of the ways many companies do so is by working with community leaders to form CACs/CAPs.  The CAP Directory lists the groups in east Harris County, the communities they serve, and the plants that are part of them. For information about community advisory councils or panels in general, see CAP Basics.


This short brochure explains what PCAC is and does.

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