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NEIGHBORS STINKING MAD AT THE WORLD’S RICHEST MAN

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Is Metromedia owner John W. Kluge so rich he thinks his manure doesn't stink? That seems to be the complaint of neighbors of the billionaire's cattle farm near Charlottesville, Va., who want the county to do something to clear the air.

"It's rancid. It's raunchy," Peter Scherman, speaking for about 10 residents, told the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Wednesday night."None of us has any objection to barnyard smells," Scherman said. "But this smell cannot be compared to anything on Earth."

Kluge's farm managers recently built a feedlot. The waste from the animals on the lot goes into a 1 million gallon storage tank. Manure from the tank is then spread over pasture land.

Curry Roberts, a Kluge spokesman, said an additive in the cattle feed had reduced the odor but it was impossible to have no odor in manure.

County Attorney Larry W. Davis said the only relief for the neighbors might be a lawsuit against Kluge, whom Fortune magazine last year listed as the world's richest individual with $8.8 billion in wealth.