DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa livestock producers can continue to apply manure on frozen ground in emergency situations for another five years.

The Des Moines Register says a state legislative panel took no action on Tuesday on a decision by the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission to give confinement operations more time to come up with sufficient manure storage.

The nonprofit Citizens for Community Improvement argued the extended grace period violates the federal Clean Water Act and imperils Iowa's waterways.

The panel's decision to take no action allows the grace period to stand.

The rule regulates manure piles at farms. It requires pads and covers in some situations and bans the spread of manure on frozen or snow-covered ground except in emergencies, such as storms that overload storage basins.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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