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How the CAC was Formed

The CAC was established in 1998 at a critical point in the Pine Bend Refinery's history. In the late 1990s, the facility was determined to improve its environmental and safety record following several state and federal penalties. The community, through a steering committee made up of area public officials, stepped forward to help the refinery establish the Community Advisory Council. The CAC now serves independently of Flint Hills Resources and the original steering committee.


Our Mission

The Community Advisory Council to Flint Hills Resources is made up of members representing the diverse interests affected by the operations of the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery located in Rosemount, MN. Our mission is to provide two-way communication between the community and refinery management. CAC members have consistently worked to further its mission, including seeking third-party consultants when needed to lend credibility and expertise to the CAC’s efforts. And the CAC has asked a variety of questions – some very challenging – to which FHR has stepped up and answered.

The CAC provides members and neighbors with an opportunity to discuss relevant topics. The Council also makes recommendations to FHR regarding environmental, safety, and other issues of concern to the citizens living within close proximity of the refinery. And, the CAC serves as a community voice when FHR is seeking to receive direct feedback regarding refinery operations and plans.


CAC Guiding Principles

  • Serve as a credible and trustworthy voice for our community and neighbors through transparency and in all our deliberations and decision-making.
  • Respect and encourage differing perspectives by promoting open dialogue and questions at our meetings.
  • Seek out input from our neighbors and community members to ensure that we are representing their interests and delivering on our mission.
  • Gather and analyze credible data for making informed decisions and recommendations on environmental and safety topics relevant to refinery operations.
  • Value a trusted and productive partnership between community representatives and the refinery management.


General Operating Procedures

Click on CAC Operating Policies & Practices - August 2014 to review the General Operating Procedures of the CAC.