Southwest Carson neighborhood leaders accused City Council members this week of subjecting residents to "environmental abuse" by not opposing a controversial project at the Fletcher Oil refinery.
Barbara Post, who opposes the refinery, charged that council members are too close to industry and fail to heed neighborhood concerns.
Fletcher is building a $16-million vacuum distillation unit that will allow production of asphalt at the refinery, located between Figueroa and Main streets near the Harbor Freeway.
Post said that Fletcher's conditional-use permit, approved by the city in 1978, has expired and that the project cannot proceed until an environmental impact report is updated.
City Atty. Glenn Watson said he would take a second look at whether the refinery should file an updated environmental impact report. He had previously ruled it was unnecessary.