"FUQUAY-VARINA - On a cold night four years ago, Denise Copper sterilized the inside of a Mason jar and attached a long rope. She donned a black sweatshirt and drove to the end of her street, near an open field below a fiber plant owned by Guilford Mills.
She stepped cautiously through the wet grass, toward the middle of the field, approaching a monitoring well that Guilford had dug to determine the extent of groundwater contamination below its property.
But before she could get to the well with her jar, she saw a flashlight moving toward her. She scurried back to her car with no water sample, no new information. Just a close call with a security guard."