In addition, NPCA took issue with the NCC’s discussion of stowage requirements for paint products that are regulated since the majority of the paint products that are shipped are low density and encompassed in less-than-truckload shipments that are Packing Group II or III. Additionally, NPCA stressed that carriers principally employed by the paint industry generally do not carry high explosives, toxic gases (Zones A and B), poison liquids in packing group I so that stowability compatibility is, generally speaking, much more manageable. And finally, while the research report makes a comparison between petroleum products and paint products for purposes of justifying changes in the current classification of paint, petroleum products are 100% flammable while paint products are a mixture or a blend that only contain 15-20% flammable material.
NCC will consider the proposal to reclassify paint at its October 2 meeting. NPCA members can contact Heidi McAuliffe at email@example.com for more information.