$5 million in principal forgiveness funds will be available to Counties and Local Health Districts for the repair and replacement of failing home sewage treatment systems. In order to encourage as many nominations from Local Health Districts as possible, Ohio EPA has decided to extend the nomination deadline for HSTS projects (only) to Sept. 18, 2015. Also, to clarify, the HSTS project nominations qualify for an exception to the recently revised affordability criteria (i.e., the affordability criteria will not be used to evaluate HSTS nominations for this funding). Ohio EPA will accept HSTS nominations from any Local Health District. The nomination form and guidance are available on the Financial Assistance webpage.