The prevalent narrative around environmental assessment and clearance for projects is of causing delay and hindrance in development. Analysis of state level environmental clearance data done by Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) finds evidence to disprove this. Of the total 2,414 fresh proposals that appeared before 16 State level Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAAs) only 1.5% have been rejected. Nearly 76% or 1,831 projects have been approved. This averages to over 10 approval or environmental clearances per day. Many states have zero rejections. Majority of the approved projects are from mineral mining and construction sectors, which are infamous for high pollution footprints. The findings are especially alarming because this has become an ongoing trend: LIFE’s analyses from 2019 also found maximum clearances for mining and construction sectors.